Walt Whitman, after his first reading of Ralph Waldo Emerson’s essay, “The Poet,” said, “I was simmering, simmering, simmering; Emerson brought me to a boil.”
Talk about getting your vibe on!
We have to ask ourselves, What gets my spirit boiling?
In other words, what awakens and stokes your spirit?
We are beings of passion. We feel, and we feel deeply. When something profound moves us, we spring into action the way Uncle Walt did after connecting with Emerson’s words. Whitman, as a result, went on to pen such timeless works as Leaves of Grass and other classics, revered today as great literature, divinely inspired no doubt. He reached a boiling point so personal and proactive that he could not contain his energy any longer. He had to do something about it. And he did. He burst like a bottle of bubbly on the literary scene. There was no holding him back.
That’s how Spirit works in our lives. It infuses us with an energy that impels us to act, to create, to share, and to live.
That’s the power of enthusiasm.
It is stimulating.
It is all-consuming.
It is life-giving.
Enthusiasm is a spiritual quality that adds value to everything it touches. Whether it’s writing, singing, painting, folding laundry, or raking leaves, it will take on new meaning.
We can thank the ancient Greeks for such an explosive, powerful word. The root word of “enthusiasm” is “entheos,” — “en” meaning “in” and “theos” meaning God, — literally “in God.” Interestingly, the word “inspiration” means literally “to breathe in and be filled with the spirit of God.” So, in essence, we are breathing in Spirit that compels us to begin anew in life as we advance toward embracing and expressing our productive, thriving, authentic, spiritual selves.
When we are aligned with the energy of inspiration and enthusiasm, we find ourselves living and creating without effort. Whatever we never felt capable of doing suddenly becomes doable. What an amazing gift to us!
Ask yourself again what generates enthusiasm in your life. What will bring you to your boiling point to make you feel most alive and on fire?
Children are some of the most enthusiastic beings alive.
Today, let the child within come out to play.
What did you enjoy doing as a child?
What were your interests?
What sorts of things excited you?
Instead of thinking about them, go and do them.
Spend time with children. Find a playground. Ride the merry-go-round. Saddle yourself in a swing and aim for the sky. Play to your heart’s content. Let the child within talk with the adult you are. Let inspiration breathe life into you; let it restore you.
Decide what you want to do in life, and go for it with such zeal and energy that everyone around you feels it.
And as you get your vibe on, watch what happens. Things will appear that you never expected. And there will be no holding you back.