Have you ever watched a child at play? They love to explore everything in their world with a great passion. It is so fun to watch their life adventures as we personally yearn for the enthusiasm of those earlier years. Children are so enthusiastic that they run wherever they go and they are living life large at full steam ahead at all times. No wonder they sleep so well! So what happens to that enthusiastic frenzy that characterizes the waking hours of a child?
Maintaining enthusiasm and passion for life requires energy and resilience. Each year serves up challenges that test our resolve. These challenges become more intense as energy wanes with age or from a chronic illness, like fibromyalgia. As the years go by we vigilantly compile a mental scrapbook of all our life experiences and challenges. Every day our brain revisits that mental scrapbook in our conscious and subconscious mind. That scrapbook review shapes your day and your response to all the day's events. Your life scrapbook that showcases all your life experiences is a truly powerful book indeed! Your life experiences scrapbook demonstrates who you are and those pages are shared selectively with others every day. As your scrapbook's pages fill up you may get weary of keeping it up to date and decide not to add more pages. That's an indication you have decided to lose your enthusiasm. So what have you put in your scrapbook, what is the title of your scrapbook and how have you displayed your important life events? Have you decided to use bright, eye-catching colors for those difficult days or for the valuable lessons learned? Does the title of your scrapbook portray a life of enthusiasm and passion, or a life of defeat?
No matter what your circumstances, it is critical to nurture your life purpose and to light the fire of enthusiasm. When your life lacks enthusiasm the environment around you turns into shades of grey. When you have fibromyalgia, energy is depleted and it seems as though there isn't enough to even get through the next hour. But if you focus those little bleeps of energy on your life purpose and enthusiasm, those shades of grey start to morph into a vivid landscape that is the essence of your life. As you choose to accept doses of enthusiasm from others around you, laughter comes easier, endorphins begin to flow, and that fire within you begins to glow a little brighter. In addition, you will have less pain. And when you feel exhausted from receiving all that enthusiasm from others, it will be a better exhaustion and you will rest a little easier. Blessings to you as you create your scrapbook of life . . . may enthusiasm for life and living dominate your day!