I love words, a true logophile. Sometimes, looking at specific words can yield some powerful thoughts. Witness these words: inspiration and enthusiasm.
Inspiration means “to breathe in.” When we get inspired, we have encountered some influence from somewhere that we decide to breathe in. Our hearts tell the ego to stop holding our breath and suck in some significant something — a novel, poem, film, natural scene, music, meaningful act of someone.
Enthusiasm — now there’s a great word: “in + god (en + theos).” Some supernatural power excites us to the point of obsessive drive because our hearts will settle for nothing less. Inspiration produces enthusiasm, a life-changing force — if we know ourselves, listen to our hearts, and allow inspiration to be sucked all the way into our heart’s core.
Enthusiasm drives us to work our daily mission, which transforms our passion into reality. Enthusiasm drives sustainable action. It is the fuel for our heart’s vision, at least part of our life purpose. True enthusiasm, rather than simply a passing excitement, yields innovation and creativity, because true enthusiasm must find a way to be expressed. Enthusiasm, then, is not external to us. It becomes part of our makeup; our heart digests it and nourishes us with it.
Over the years, I have found that I cannot commit to any course of action unless I am enthusiastic about it. I have always sensed that whatever I am doing has to come from my heart. I was enthusiastic about my work in construction, with antiques, in education, and now as a writer. I knew, somewhere, somehow, that my deepest self was working in my life when I was operating with enthusiasm.
Even though I felt like that, it took one extra wind of inspiration for me to realize what I had been headed toward and working in through my life: Discovery. That’s what drove me. I loved discovering ways to do things differently, better, faster, more excellently —really, discovering anything. Just discovering!
That golden breath of inspiration came from Paolo Coelho and his novel, The Fifth Mountain. The protagonists learn that they have a new name, one single name that defines them. I realized that I am Discovery. I’m all about discovering me, Self, and helping others to discover. I inspired, breathed in, that concept.
However, Coelho had to breathe it out; he had to expire it. We usually use expire to mean that someone has died, and in a way when someone shares part of their life purpose with us, breathes it out to us, a little bit of them dies. When it comes from core Self, though, it comes from spirit, and spirit is infinite — so no worries!
I love the organic whole of this life: when we know Self, we share that self with enthusiasm, which inspires someone which gets transformed by their hearts into their own enthusiasm — and they are off and expiring, breathing out to others, to continue the circle. Connection, creativity, joy, significance, fulfillment, perseverance — oh, so much comes from true enthusiasm.
A few questions that might help you discover!
Questions to consider:
How many times have you asked yourself or simply thought about the following questions?
Who am I, really?
What is my truth?
How do my actions reveal what I really feel and believe?
What would I do with my life if I could do anything?
What is my passion?
Why am I here?
How can I discover answers to any of these questions?
If you have considered any of these questions, I hope that my experiences and writing will give you some guidance. Please read my blog and comment and share your thoughts. I would love to hear from you!