The Book On Enthusiasm
Reinventing the wheel is not one of my favourite activities. In her younger years, my daughter would often hear me say, “Learn from the mistakes of others and make new ones of your own.” One of the many wonderful things that Oprah Winfrey achieved during her early year of talk show hosting was getting people to read. With great enthusiasm, people would join her book club and pour over this or that book. So, my intention is not to start another book club here. Oprah mastered that.
Since Christmas, an “issue of life” has challenged me. My true friends understand a couple of things about me. I am a loner, preferring my own company more often than not. I have great boundaries and have learned to truly respect those of others. The company that I most crave is that of my daughter and my granddaughter. Even so, my enthusiasm wanes after a few hours, needing to replenish.
No surprise then that as the discomfort in my body became unbearable over the holidays, my retreat to solitude was faster than hasty. The pain intensified and then left after a couple of days. It returned as a searing burn a few days later. It has been with me ever since and avoiding the doctor was no longer an option.
You Will Never Be Too Evolved
Earlier this week, as I puttered around my apartment, my eyes caught sight of a book on one of the shelves. Without dwelling too much on the title, I stashed it in my handbag to read on the train. My copy of this book is so worn as I bought it in 2002. I have read it thoroughly at least twice. However, as I started reading it again on Tuesday, things started to click.
No matter how evolved you might consider yourself, you will hit a low point. How long you stay there, what you learn and the lessons that you carry forward depends largely on how open you are.
That is another thing about me. There is no shame in my game. While my circle of close friends and confidantes have shrunk, the few who are in – well they are in. This low point, however, was different. Keeping a smile on my face and posting as usual to all my social media profiles, I kept my challenge largely to myself. Until Tuesday. Norman Vincent Peale, the author of “Enthusiasm Makes The Difference,” made me talk.
The Visit With The Doctor
My doctor was still away but as the burning pain continued to sear through my breasts, I decided to wait no longer. Whatever it was, I was ready to know. My daughter had reluctantly done a breast examination for me on Christmas Eve. She thought there was a difference in my left breast but urged me to get it professionally examined.
The doctor filling in for my personal physician described it as a mass. She reassured me that my age and the fact that my family does not have an history of breast cancer made it unlikely that I was facing “the worst” diagnosis. Nevertheless, she gave me the requisition form to go for a mammogram.
That was a couple of weeks ago and I had not called to book an appointment. Until Tuesday.
Am I scared? No but my world felt as if it was collapsing and I wanted to just let it. Until I started re-reading the book and listened to the prompting to message my longtime spiritual advisor and friend.
Norman Vincent Peale shoots straight, no delay and no holding back. He called me out in Chapter Two of the book as he tells a story about “the reawakening collapsed personality.”
Described in the story is a 6′ 2″ tall police officer, “who is physically strong and impressive.” When this officer started working with a particular judge, he did great but, over time, a change was noticed in him. “It seemed as if interest leaked out of him,” he lost vitality and “dragged himself through the day’s work.” A doctor examined him and found “nothing wrong physically except that his whole energy and bodily function levels are down, and that goes for his mental outlook too. When the body is run down, often the mind is involved, since ind and body function together.”
Being concerned for the officer the judge, who was telling Peale this story, decided to “work” on him. How did he go about that? By talking with the officer and sharing with him a book that he described as having “a religious slant but…written in simple style – no preachy stuff.” He also checked in with him regularly. In other words, he stayed connected.
This struck me on several levels, especially the part about the mind/body connection. It has been my belief for many years now and one that has manifested in my life and that of others. Our emotional-mind state reveals itself in our bodies. Read Louise Hay’s book “You Can Heal Your Life.” for more on this. You can buy it here.
In my own collapsing case, my enthusiasm has waned, affecting my bodily function. No surprise then, at least to me, that a mass has built up in my breast.
The 12 Ways Enthusiasm Can Reawaken Your Collapsing Personality
I am scheduled for the mammogram. While waiting for the result, come join me next week as I fully summarize the 12 ways “Enthusiasm Makes The Difference.” I will also share with you the steps that I am taking to reawaken my personality. Maybe you would like to get a copy of the book and start reading so you can join in the conversation and share your perspective.
As I said, there is no shame in my game and my mess will forever be my message.
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