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


An advertisement in a newspaper read: The California Floaters Society is a paddling club for all types of river craft, including kayaks, rafts, canoes, fiver boards, and whatever else may come along. All skill levels are welcome. No experience is required&emdash;just enthusiasm!

Isn’t this how we could approach all things in our life… any skill level welcome; no experience necessary… just enthusiasm!

Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “Nothing has ever been accomplished without enthusiasm”.

Enthusiasm is that inner spark that brings excitement to life. It can be the driving force and the power for the engine of life. How well you can move your car depends on the state of the engine of your car. And how well you can execute the activities to reach your goals in your everyday life depends on the level of your enthusiasm.

Enthusiasm can be a quiet, inner power that can be called upon to change conditions and circumstances. Enthusiasm is much more that excitement. It burns longer and stronger and makes the difference in everything you see, think, and do.

Gordon Parks said, “Enthusiasm is the electricity of life. How do you get it? You act enthusiastic until you make it a habit.”



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