I’m a huge fan of Moodscope – a way of measuring your mindset on a daily basis. Moodsope uses 20 words which you rate between 0-3 to get your ‘state’ or mood ‘status’ for the day. 10 words track positive states. 10 words track negative states. It’s a brilliant way to spot patterns in your life. Today, I’m turning my eager attention onto the word “Enthusiastic”.
“Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm!” Ralph Waldo Emerson
I’ve saved this one up as it is one of my favourite words… and “Wow!” does it show!!! I can’t hide it. If I’m enthusiastic about something – it ‘leaks’ from every pore and broadcasts from every muscle. Just look at those exclamation marks!!!
It says, “Let me in there, Coach! Don’t leave me on the bench!” And yet “Enthuse” is even more exciting than the feeling of that inner puppy in me that’s about to go for a walk. The roots of the Greek work mean “God within” (en Theos). Whilst the use is not always positive, the intention of the Moodscope card is totally positive. It’s about having drive and movement towards something – it’s a momentum word.
Herein lies one secret of stirring up enthusiasm if it is lacking today. Get some momentum going – some movement. For example, I really don’t have much ‘enthusiasm’ for vacuuming. I like the result, but not the process – not when there are so many other exciting things to do. But once I get moving to a rhythm, my enthusiasm comes upon me as if moved by the Divine! My secret? Wagner!!!
Nothing gets me to wield the vacuum cleaner more vigorously and effectively than a good blast of “Ride of the Valkyries” – after all, wasn’t that why the Walkman and then the mp3 players were invented! It works for washing up too! In this case “Ride of the Valkyries” is too dangerous – more a case of, “I’ll do the washing up, if you’ll pick up the pieces…” So for washing up, a good bit of crooning works well (for my tastes) – a bit of Julie London, Bing Crosby, Matt Monroe, and, of course, Nat King Cole.
Music is often used in religious contexts to stir up the Divine within… so perhaps that’d be a great way to help make your day “Simply Divine, Darling!” I’m certainly enthusiastic about the thought!
[ps. sometimes enthusiasm can come with a still small voice – being a bouncy puppy like me is not a requirement! For those of you are quietly enthusiastic, just remember you’re in good company… in the Good Book, God came to Elijah not in the earthquake, fire, or wind, but rather in the still small voice:
11 And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the Lord. And, behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the Lord; but the Lord was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the Lord was not in the earthquake: 12 And after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice. 1 Kings 19:11-12]