When I was in a Girl Scout troop, one of my favorite things to do was go camping. Building a fire, making s'mores, learning how to read trail signs on a hike - I loved it all. There's nothing like waking up in the morning, cocooned in the warmth of your sleeping bag, listening to nature.
There's a softness to it.
It's quiet. Special, even. Until a voice starts obnoxiously singing, "I'm alive, awake, alert, enthusiastic! I'm alive, awake, alert, enthusiastic! I'm alive awake alert, I'm alert awake alive, I'm alive awake, alert, enthusiastic!"
That voice was my mom.
Our fearless troop leader, she knew the best way to get girls moving was to sing (loudly, I might add), until she could see all our faces at the flap of the tent. (Saying we were awake did not count). She went from tent to tent knowing if one girl didn't move fast enough her tent mates would
Hilariously enough, this is how enthusiasm has always started for me. It'll come to me in the form of an idea, or a big decision, and a lot of times my initial reaction is similar to how I was in that sleeping bag - I want to burrow away from the unfamiliar, and enjoy the warmth that I know. But the shift has already started, so by the time I think "yeah I could do this," or "I like this idea," I'm already at that tent flap, preparing for what's ahead.
Enthusiasm can be a slow burn for me, but once that flame is struck there's no turning back.
Occasionally this leads to chaos because I get so focused on what I'm excited about I forget to slow down and enjoy the journey, but most of the time it just becomes a part of who I am. Enthusiasm for one thing leads to another, and another, until I'm just enthusiastic (and dare I say it....alive, awake, and alert) about life in general.
Do you consider yourself an enthusiastic person? Is it immediate for you or do you need a few minutes to "wake up" like I do?
Be sure to check out all the great conversations that are happening this week (Facebook party say what?) and get enthusiastic about The Declaration of You coming out this summer!