Saturday, March 26, 2016

Monday's Thoughts ~ Statement #11



Practice Enthusiasm 

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“Live your truth.  Express your love.  Share your enthusiasm.  Take action towards your dreams.  Walk your talk.  Dance and sing to your music.  Embrace your blessings.  Make today worth remembering.”
-Steve Maraboli 

“Make the most of today.  Get interested in something.  Shake yourself awake.  Let the winds of enthusiasm sweep through you.  Live today with gusto.”  -Dale Carnegie 

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

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Statement #11, “Enthusiasm is my daily exercise.”
I treasure all moments of my new life.
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+ Karen’s Perspective +
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     Some words that can be synonymous with enthusiasm are passionate, spirited, or eager.  I felt none of this while under the influence.  In fact, I often felt quite the opposite; I felt indifferent, I felt apathetic and filled with doubt.  It was like an oxymoron; the one thing I kept trying to achieve with my drinking took me farther away from what I desired.
     My first inklings of enthusiasm came within the marks of achievement.  The first month, then six months and year sober brought enthusiasm up from deep within.  I danced in exhilaration while my insides felt like they were smiling.  I felt that I finally had something to feel excited about.  Then I began to feel flat.  Something was missing.
     Practicing Statement #11 is an adventure in learning.  To compensate for flatness and blah feelings, I began to examine moments each day and practice enthusiasm.  In our Program Booklet, Jean writes “Learn to be enthusiastic about everything.  Find something to be enthusiastic about in everything.  It is there just for the looking.”  What alcohol once covered, enthusiasm uncovers.  It wasn’t long before I began to feel my spirit soar and relationships flourish.
     Like the tides, enthusiasm ebbs and flows and is in direct proportion to how much we invest in ourselves.  Find what moves you.  Embrace your inner child.  Be right where you are and live in unending enthusiasm!  Hugzzz, Karen

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+  Member Insights  +
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     Hi 4C Women, Enthusiasm is still one of the most challenging statements for me to put into practice on a daily basis.  However, I do treasure the “moments” of my New Life.  Through WFS, I have created a sense of joy that I didn’t know existed before sobriety.  I had let joyful moments slip by as I focused on the negativity of my life.  Now I understand when people say that sometimes you have to experience difficult times in order to recognize and cherish the beautiful moments of life.  Being stuck in negativity did not open my eyes or heart to the joyful, enthusiastic times.  That is, not until I started using the WFS Statements.  Using Statement #2 that says negative thoughts destroy only myself, leads me to the awareness of Statement #11 and that enthusiasm is my daily exercise and I need to treasure all moments of my New Life.
     I am inspired by the women I have met through WFS and how they have worked on Statement #11.  Right now in my group there are women who are changing careers, taking a variety of classes, volunteering at what gives them joy and so much more.  They are the true, living example of putting Statement #11 into practice.  They encourage me and it is because of WFS that I have been so privileged to know these courageous, risk-taking women.  So while I sometimes struggle with enthusiasm on a daily basis, I do have the tools to notice and appreciate the joyful, treasured moments of my New Life.  -WFS Member
  • How do you create enthusiasm and learn to appreciate the moments of your New Life?
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