I got a parcel this week. This was what was inside it.
It was sent to me by a life coach, Nicola, whom I worked with about a year ago but whom I haven’t spoken to since. This book appeared out of the blue, for no other reason than that Nicola read it and thought I would like it – how nice is that?
It’s a wicked book – really simple, but powerful. It contains two A to Zs – one which picks out characteristics that help you have a happy life, like Adventure, Balance, Compassion, and one that picks out qualities and emotions that need to be overcome, like Anger, Boredom and Criticism. And then it gives you a little kick to do what you need to do to dial up the good ones and dial down the bad ones.
This is my favourite one so far (that’s our carpet in the background by the way).
“For enthusiasts, life is an adventure, a playground, a theatre, a movie set, a laboratory, a love story, a test track, a roller coaster, a dance, a gift, a blessing, a blast, a thrill.
Let your enthusiasm lift you higher. Wherever it takes you, it will be the right place.
To get all you can from life, put all you can into it.”
What I love about this is the reminder that life is meant to be fun. It’s meant to be joyful!
This is a good thing to keep in mind, especially when you’ve got to do something that scares or intimidates you. It was extraordinarily timely as this week was something of a daunting prospect for me, what with the 39 sessions and all. It’s brilliant and let me just point out that I am mega happy about having a busy diary, because that is what I’ve always wanted and I love it. That said, I was a bit concerned about my ability to complete the task set before me. 39 hours of PT is not like 39 hours in my old job, as it’s more or less 100% focus for every single one of those hours. In my old job, I could wander off, make a cup of tea, chat to a friend in the office, all that sort of stuff. Unless I was in a board meeting. Wandering off to make a cup of tea was not then an advisable course of action.
Tuesday was my toughest day – 10 hours of PT spread over 13 hours and on Monday afternoon I was scared. But then I remembered the Enthusiasm page, and decided to take that idea with me into my Tuesday. I made my day into an adventure, and decided to be excited and playful with it. I decided to be the woman with the bouncy springs on her feet, rather than any of the ones dragging their feet on the ground with their eyes on the floor. And it was a great day! Although I did look like this at the end.
But you can’t get more exuberant than that. Enthusiasm is the heart of exuberance. It makes life much more fun for a start so it’s worth remembering, especially the next time you’re approaching a challenge. Play with it, be excited not daunted and don’t get dragged down into fear or worry. Odds are that you can handle it beautifully, whatever it is.
And many thanks to Nicola for the reminder, and for being so thoughtful as to think of me so many months on. Here’s a link to her page in case you want to see what she’s all about! www.ripplescoaching.co.uk