Enthusiasm Can Heal A Collapsing Life

The Book On Enthusiasm

enthusiasmReinventing 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, anΒ “issue of life” has challenged me. Β 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

enthusiasmEarlier 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.

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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.

Collapsing Personality

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 Β 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.

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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.

enthusiamIn 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.

There must be at least one of you reading this who understands exactly what it feels like to subscribehave a medical, personal, financial or relationship challenge that has dragged you down. That is the one person who my sharing is for. So, if you are that one or know the one, be sure to sign-up and/or share this post and not miss that update! Did you miss last week’s post? Read it today or bookmark it for later.

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Claudette P. Esterine



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36 thoughts on “Enthusiasm Can Heal A Collapsing Life

  1. […] of the book, Enthusiasm Makes The Difference, is still in progress? It has been a few weeks now but this time around I am savouring every page of this masterpiece by Norman Vincent Peale. Sitting on the train […]

  2. […] published in 1967, the book has sold millions of copies ever since. As mentioned in last week’s post, I have read this book at least twice before my current reading of it. Lead to read it again, these […]

  3. Inspiring post! I wish you an abundance of good health and energy!! I love how a good book can make such a difference and speak to you differently each time. I’m currently reading one that is life changing by Eckhart Tolle, A New Earth. Maybe it will help you during this time. And completely agree how your mind’s troubles manifests in the body. Learning and accepting that is revolutionary and makes a world of difference!

    1. Ms Claudette

      I read that book twice, many years ago, and it was definitely a good read! Thanks for the suggestion Aleks! Might have to re-read it as well. πŸ™‚

  4. Claudette – your story tells me that I need to go have a mamogram done. My last one my doctor said I didn’t need another til I turn 50. I did find this odd since I had been having them yearly for awhile and there was always something he saw that concerned him Even though it turned out to be nothing.
    Like you I am a loner and lot’s of times I keep things to myself as I don’t like people all up in my space. But with with my move to blogging I am letting it all out.
    Your suggestion for the read- I will check that out. I can’t say when, but I will!

    1. Ms Claudette

      Sheila, blogging does have a way of causing you to let things out! It did that for me over a decade ago. I find it very cathartic. Thanks for the visit my dear. πŸ™‚

  5. Enthusiasm is a lovely thing, especially if you’re facing a lot of things in life at the moment. A little positivity definitely helps. I hope that the results are nothing to worry about and that you would have a lovely year ahead.

    1. Ms Claudette

      Thank you Carol! πŸ™‚

  6. Stephenie

    What an amazing story. Thank you for sharing. Your situations will definitely help others along the way. Inspiring

    1. Ms Claudette

      And thank you for visiting Stephenie! πŸ™‚

  7. Elizabeth O.

    You are strong and brave and there’s nothing that can change that. I hope to show my support in whatever comes your way. You’re going to get through this, no matter what the doctor says.

  8. I’m a firm believer that our mental wellbeing is linked to our physical wellbeing. I’m sending you lots of positive vibes and energy.
    Katja xxx

    1. Ms Claudette

      Thank you! They have all been received – your gift of positive vibes and energy! πŸ™‚

  9. Hey Claudette,

    I know you know that it is well. I know that you have already made peace with whatever the doctor shares with you today. I know that whatever it is, YOU BELIEVE ONLY One REPORT about your life. The only report that matters. And I know that You know what it is. It is well my sister.
    So be enthusiastic about THAT REPORT, the one that says you got infinite life in your spirit and nothing physical can harm or affect that! πŸ™‚

    You got this!


  10. katrina gehman

    i think we can all learn something from this book. i’ll have to check this out more soon.

  11. Enthusiasm can really be a big help, however it is hard to become enthused about something that seems to be a dead end. I am glad that it was able to help you though.

  12. I never heard of this book before. I think I need to pick a copy of it up. I like the saying you said in the beginning I have said that to my adult son many times about not making the same mistakes I made but make new ones. He’s done a pretty good job of that so far.

    1. Ms Claudette

      It is really funny when they listen to us, eh Michelle? Yes, it is a great book, get a copy and ready with an open mind. πŸ™‚

  13. This seems like an interesting an uplifting book. There’s nothing like a good familiar book to brighten your day.

    1. Ms Claudette

      And that is exactly what it did Felicia…lifted my week in fact! πŸ™‚

  14. I have to say this sounds like a very interesting and motivated book. I will look into this more and maybe read the book.

    1. Ms Claudette

      It really is an interesting book. Read it with an open mind Cynthia. πŸ™‚

  15. This sounds like a really interesting book– especially for when times are tough. Wishing you all the best results for your upcoming mammogram

  16. This is an inspiring read, I also need to look into this book and learn from it I think. Best wishes on your personal journey

  17. This sounds like a life changing book and a very inspiring and positive one to change one’s life for the better so may just have to have a read

  18. Enthusiasm partners up with laughter. They always say laughter is the best medicine. I think this goes right in line with how enthusiasm heals within life. Great post!

  19. It amazes me how your emotional well being can influence your overall well being. This is why its important to stay positive. Very interesting.

  20. Angela

    Lovely written. So scary finding a lump.

    1. Ms Claudette

      Scary, perplexing and yet I am calm. It is what it is. I go for the mammogram tomorrow. Thanks so much for your thought Angela! πŸ™‚

  21. Its funny but enthusiasm for simple things is a great thing about travel too. Things and practices that we take for granted at home become fascinating when we experience them across the globe.

  22. I’m so sorry to hear about the mass in your breast … that’s scary. It’s good that you’re staying positive though and looking into ways to keep your mind on the brighter side of things – I really believe that makes a huge difference! I’m glad you’re reaching out for support too.

  23. I pray for this year to be a year of restoration for all your losses and for things to turn around for your good. I’m sure life will get better!
    Thanks for sharing what you’re going through.

    1. Ms Claudette

      My life is great Milton…you might have misunderstood. Thanks anyway for the visit and the thought. πŸ™‚

  24. I will have to look into this book. It sounds like one that will help give me a good attitude about things.
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  25. I checked out the book that you put in your last post and I think I will read it after the one that I am reading currently , this one seems good also, thank you

    1. Ms Claudette

      You are most welcome Mira! I am glad that you are at least open to looking at these books. πŸ™‚

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