Character in Real Life - One-Minute Testimonials

ENTHUSIASM– A One-Minute Announcement
Faith Committee, Character Council of Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky


Contributed by Pam Elcik
Community Leader, Fairfield, OH

February 20, 2001

Enthusiasm is Contagious

I once knew a woman who had the ability and desire to express joy in every task she was ever given. Her enthusiasm for life and living it to the fullest was so refreshing and quite contagious. Once you caught her enthusiasm, it was difficult not to look at things differently… with a new and fresh outlook. Her smile and love for life was so overflowing that you found that you too were then spreading this enthusiasm to all the other people that you had the opportunity to be with. This enthusiasm was contagious.

The First Ladies of our Nation have known the value of enthusiasm. Martha Washington, was quoted as saying, “The greatest part of our happiness or misery depends on our dispositions, and not our circumstances.”

And Abigail Adams said, “True greatness has its seat in the heart… it must be elevated by aspiring to great things and by daring to think yourself capable of them.”

We are all capable of jumping out of bed in the morning and greeting the world with a smile. Think of how you’ll affect others as you give your enthusiastic smile to every one you see that morning, especially your family. Then continue on to your job or to school or to your work at home and with this enthusiastic attitude, give your best effort to every task you perform that day.

I am confident that the joy you’ll feel when the day is over will be quite rewarding. You will have done everything to your very best ability and with enthusiasm… and this enthusiasm is contagious



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