Monday, June 10, 2013


I wish I had as much enthusiasm on a Monday as I do on a Friday.  The week begins with a sigh and ends with a sigh.  I often feel overwhelmed on a Monday as the coming work week looms large in my mind.  It’s even worse when I know I have to work on Saturday like I do this week.  When the work week finally ends I feel a great sense of relief.  I have been going through this same pattern for approximately 40+ years.  In recent years I thought it was due to my age.  However, I work with a lot of young people and they seem to go through the same pattern.  I have also noticed that it doesn’t seem to matter what type of work a person does or how much money they make.  I guess at the end of the day work is work.  I don’t really like feeling this way.  I wish I had enthusiasm for all of my life.  Someone once said that nothing of value was ever accomplished without enthusiasm.  I can believe this.  It makes me wonder what I am accomplishing, if anything, with so little enthusiasm.  It also makes me wonder what in life I am enthusiastic about.  Sometimes when I am part of a conversation where people are complaining about their jobs I ask them “If you could do anything you want to make a living, what would it be”?  Most of the time I receive blank stares.  Many people do not know what they want to do.  They only know they don’t want to do whatever it is they are currently doing.  Today I encourage you to think about two things.  What makes you enthusiastic?  What would you like to be when you grow up?  My guess is that what you want to be is what you are enthusiastic about.  Finally, what can you do about it?

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