Renewable Enthusiasm is about experiential exploration along the journey of finding, following, living and sustaining a passion.
That exploration can be a solitary experience, something you do with a group, something to embark on within your community, or an expression of yourself in the larger world. Sometimes it’s what you do intentionally that counts. Other times, our “re-creation” comes from the unexpected life lessons that sneak in the back door when we engage in our hobbies.
There is a lot of information out there on the topic of following your passion. You won’t see anything new here that isn’t already an element on the periodic table. What you will see is my chemistry. Different ways to mix them up. Through this blog, I am a practitioner on my journey to follow, live, sustain my own passion.
“For the ancients, enthusiasm meant trance or ecstasy – a connection with God. Enthusiasm is agape directed at a particular idea or a specific thing…When we love and believe from the bottom of our heart, we feel ourselves to be stronger than anyone in the world, and we feel a serenity that is based on the certainty that nothing can shake our faith. This unusual strength allows us to make the right decision at the right time, and when we achieve our goal, we are amazed at our own capabilities. Because when we are involved in the good fight, nothing else is important; enthusiasm carries us to our goal…
“Enthusiasm normally manifests itself with all of its force during the first years of our lives….We lose enthusiasm because of the small unavoidable defeats we suffer during the good fight. And since we don’t realize that enthusiasm is a major strength, able to help us win ultimate victory, we let it dribble through our fingers; we do this without recognizing that we are letting the true meaning of our lives escape us.”
– From The Pilgrammage, by Paul Coelho