What is the Meaning of Enthusiasm

Today I would like to talk to you about Enthusiasm and why it is important to have it in your life. So, what is Enthusiasm? or what is the meaning of Enthusiasm? It is an intense feeling of excitement about something you enjoy such as a hobby or interest you wish to pursue.
Here are some other words we could use to describe Enthusiasm. Eagerness, Feeling, Intensity, Joy, Conviction, and Passion. I am hoping you fall under this category of words because this is why having Enthusiasm in your life is important.
When you have Enthusiasm in your Life, it gives you a sense of something to Live for, something to accomplish, a goal, desire, or a Passion for doing something.
Here are some words on the opposite side of Enthusiasm
Disinterest, Inactivity, Laziness, Depression, Sadness, and Unhappiness. Hopefully, you do not fall under this category of words because if you do, then you have no sense of a reason to Live; Which would make me feel Extremely Heartbroken. 
Here are a few quotes to live your life by.
"Nothing great was ever accomplished without enthusiasm."
By Ralph Waldo Emerson
"No one can depress you. No one can make you anxious. No one can hurt your feelings. No one can make you anything other than what you allow inside."  (Unknown)
"Instead of saying, why is this happening to me? Isn't this awful? Poor me, begin to say, what do I have to Learn from this?"
By Wayne W. Dyer
I am going to tell you a story. Now this is a true story of something which happened to me when I was a little boy between the ages of six and seven and I still remember it like it happened yesterday. Now this story is not easy for me to tell especially here on the internet for everyone to see.
I am an Empath and for those of you who doesn't know what an Empath is I feel what other people are feeling I feel their Emotions, their Happiness, Joy, Sickness, Depression, Anger, Hurt, Sadness and their lack of Enthusiasm if you will. So being an Empath, I do not like being around big crowds of people because of what I feel. I need to back this story up to the beginning as to what happened to me when I was very young.
It was a beautiful summer day, but before that it had been raining what seemed like for weeks. There was a river not far from our house that my siblings and I always played in. Now I didn't know how to swim, but I was never afraid of the water because my brothers and sisters were always with me.
But on this particular summer day, when school let out I ran off and left my siblings but instead of running home I ran down to the river and jumped right out into the middle of it but this time it was way over my head because of all the rain we had been having.
You can imagine what happened next. The water went down into my Lungs, and I was strangled and choking from the water in my Lungs so I couldn't scream for anyone or anybody to help me. I was drowning! I Panicked! I was Scared, Terrified, Afraid and all alone. I fought to stay above the water with everything in my being, But I knew I was going to Die. I was going to drown.
The thing that happened next was very unexpected. I couldn't fight it anymore, and so I surrendered and the very moment that I went under there was such a Calm, and Peaceful Feeling of Love, which washed over me and I will never in a million years be able to describe it to anyone but I will try.
The best way for me to try and explain to you what I felt and still feel is I, was connected; to every living thing in the universe. Plants, Animals, People, Forests, Insects, Moon, Stars, Sun, Rivers and Oceans. I mean Everything.
I woke up in a beautiful place. It; was so Peaceful, and you could feel so much Love all around you. That is when the truly, amazing thing happened; I heard a clear voice, saying to me. It is not your time. Get up. And I said; I want to go with you. I am ready.
But then the words were repeated. It is not your time get up; and this time, I knew I couldn't disobey, but I didn't want to leave. I was in such a Beautiful, Peaceful place. I felt so Alive and Connected to Everything.
Everything was like being in slow motion; While I was laying on the bottom of the river, I could feel the current dragging me along. I remember then rolling over onto my stomach and on my hands and knees, I crawled out of that river and onto the bank. To this day, I cannot tell you how long all of this took. I don't know if it was a minute or five or ten minutes. I am guessing; that it wasn't too long because no one found me.

After I had sat there on the bank of the river for a little while, I walked home, and never said anything to anyone about what had happened to me and what I experienced. But after having my experience, I have always been different. I know my siblings probably thought I was weird growing up, and they didn't understand me.

As I write this post, I am nearly 52 years old now. I finally told my family members about my experience about ten years ago. Why did I wait so long to say anything to them? The answer is, I really; don't know. I still never told them the whole story, but if they read this post I am writing, they will find out everything. They might finally understand now why I was so Different from everybody else.

I am the youngest of seven. I had three older brothers and three older sisters. One of my brothers has passed now, and I miss him, but I know I will see him again someday. But it is funny how considering I am the youngest how most of them come to me for advice as well as a lot of other people younger and older than me.

People have always been drawn, to me; no matter their age. I don't know if it is because they sense something different about me or what. Every since my experience, I just seem to know things, and I don't know how or why. Maybe it is because I am Empathic, and I pick up on Emotions and Feelings without you having to tell me what is wrong.

Now you might ask. What was the purpose of me telling you this Life story of mine? The answer is if you have ever had an experience like the one I had you would realize just how precious Life truly is. Life is not about accumulating lots of money or materialistic things.




Yes, I know it takes money to live, and we all enjoy some worldly things, but All of that stuff is insignificant in the overall scheme of things. You are not going to take it with you when your time comes. And yes Our Creator meant for us to live an abundant Life but I think the majority of people misunderstand what it means to live an abundant Life.
It is my opinion; what Our Creator meant, was to have Enthusiasm towards life. All Life. To Love, Care, Help, and Comfort one another. Take care of the Earth. Put an end to Greed, Power, and Corruption.
Follow your Dreams and Passions but do it in a state of Love. Stop looking outside of yourself for Love and something to make you Happy. It is not out there! Love and Happiness; comes from within yourself.
"You're always a valuable, worthwhile human being, not because anybody else says so, not because you're successful, not because you make a lot of money, but because you decide to believe it and for no other reason." By Wayne W. Dyer
If you enjoyed this post, or even if you didn’t;  please leave a comment good or bad, I would enjoy reading them; or if you have a question or a topic that you would like to discuss. I would enjoy that as well.
If you know people who could benefit from this message, please be sure to tell them about my website. Or post it to Facebook.
Sincerely Dale (Life Coach)

16 thoughts on “What is the Meaning of Enthusiasm”

  1. Good afternoon Dale,

    Because of my religious background, I have been interested in the question of what happens when we leave.
    I suppose you are familiar with Life after Life written by Dr. Raymond Moody? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raymond_Moody

    My personal belief is that we all come from the same source and will go back there. We are all equal with the same rights and obligation. If all people could believe this our world would be a beautiful and peaceful place.

    Your experience as a child is lovely because you could live your life afterward without dreading death.
    Your post will be very helpful to many people.

    Regards, Taetske

    1. Good afternoon Taetske,

      I imagine that is the biggest question most people face in life. I have read so many books over the years growing up looking for any answers to explain what I experienced. And yes I am familiar with Dr. Moody.

      Taetske, because I was raised in a Southern Baptist Church, and because of my religious background is part of the reason I never told anyone about my experience. Until much later in life and I still never told them the whole story.

      There has only ever been one or two of my closest friends I ever told the whole story too. Still to this day my family still doesn’t know the entire story.

      Let me explain what I meant about my religious background and why I never told anyone until much later in life. When you are raised in a Southern Baptist Church, you are taught to stay away from soothsayers, psychics, fortunetellers and the like because they are supposedly evil.

      Well, something happens to you when you die and come back. I can’t speak for everyone who has ever died and come back. But for me not only did I come back as an empath but I would receive premonitions about things that were going to happen. And oh yes I could see spirits, and I know things without any reason for knowing them.

      Because this happened to me at a very young age and the way I was brought up in church I thought I must be evil because of all the things I could do and see. I prayed for over twenty-six years for God to take this away from me because I didn’t want to be evil.

      I had to re-evaluate a lot of things I was taught to believe in as a child.

      I now understand so much more than I did when I was younger and know I am not evil because of the things I can do and see. I now no longer claim to be a religious person of any denomination, but I am a very spiritual person who knows and believes in God.

      Taetske, you are correct in your personal beliefs that we are all created equal with the same rights and obligations. Also, you are correct in that we all came from the same Source and will return when we die.

      Yes, I have never had a fear of death because I gained so much knowledge and life when I died. And when a person doesn’t fear death, they can accomplish just about anything they put their mind to doing.

      Warmest Wishes, and may God Bless you and keep you safe!

  2. Thank you so much Dale for sharing your very personal experience with us. It reminded me of a story from a book I have read called Dying to be me by Anita Moorjani. She had terminal cancer and was clinically dead when she says she had a similar message that it wasn’t her time and recovered fully. If you haven’t read it I strongly recommend you do.Great article! Keep up the great work!

    1. Hi Johnny,
      My personal experience was something I couldn’t talk about for such a long time. I am pleased you enjoyed reading it. When people ask, what was that defining moment in your life that changed you? The answer is a no-brainer for me.

      Thank you for the recommendation of the book Dying to be me by Anita Moorjani. I have not read it but I definitely will now. I always enjoy reading and watching movies about other people’s experiences like mine.

      With Warmest Regards!

      Sincerely Dale

  3. I was deeply moved by your story. Now, I know why you’re bursting with enthusiasm and this is because of your traumatic experience that had given you a beautiful experience from within. I can relate to you because I am also emphatic. According to Myers-Briggs Personality Test, I am an INFJ. I am deeply concerned about my relationship with individuals and the state of humanity at large. Striving my best to make this world a better place by helping people who need emotional help. Your story has brought me light, knowing there are people out there who share the same sentiments as I do. Thank you for your inspirational post!

    1. Hey Adel,

      I am always happy to meet another Empath. Have you always been Empathic or did you have a Traumatic Experience? I am always interested to find out. I think being an Empath is also why I studied EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) from Gary Craig’s teachings to help people with Emotional Problems; being Empathic helps me in working with people. Thank you for your kind words and if I can Inspire just one person to become a better human being then I am doing what I sit out to do.


  4. Hi Dale,

    I always love reading your posts. I find that I am very empathetic too and for some reason I am very drawn to stories like yours. I have searched for them and read many. I am intrigued to speculate and wonder about what happens when we die. I really don’t know why.

    It sounds like you have an amazingly positive life outlook and that is awesome! Thanks for inspiring others to be more like yourself!

    1. Hey Christina,

      Question! Did you have a traumatic experience growing up? Or have you always been Empathic? All I can tell you from my experience; is there is truly no words I have ever been able to come up with to describe it even though I have tried many times. Do you know when you are talking to someone how you always have those thoughts of other things going on inside of your head at the same time? All of those extra thoughts disappear. It is only One Pure Thought of Love. If I can Inspire other people such as yourself then I am doing what I set out to do. Bless you and I wish you all the best of what Life has to offer you..


      1. Hi Dale,

        I did have some traumatic experiences and I am suprised that I have lived through them all. It truely amazes me that I have always gotten help every time I have needed it. I guess that makes me question whether there is something at play that makes our lives less random than they seem at first glance. For example, maybe synchronicity is helping guide our lives. I'm not sure if this is something we can ever know for sure and to me it seems like we are supposed to live our lives blind to the answers to life's big questions like "Why am I here" and "What happens when we die". I think we are able to better live our lives to their fullest potential without knowing these answers. With all of my questioning, I think the biggest thing I have learned is that the power of belief is much greater than we know. I have read some of the books that you recommend. How do you live your life to it's fullest potential?

        Wishing you the best as well,


        1. Hey Christina,

          One of the things I have learned over the years is a lot of people are afraid to step outside of their comfort zones. I think the biggest reason for this is because of the question you stated “What happens when we die” So, therefore, I think most people have a fear of Death which holds them back from trying new things and stepping outside of their comfort zone. Because of the Experience I had as a child I have no fear of Death because I know what is waiting for me. I think if people honestly knew; instead of just wondering about that question and not knowing for sure other than just a leap of Faith. I think people would Love Deeper, Live Better, Treat each other Better, and Enjoy this Beautiful World Our Creator Made.

  5. Hey Dale!

    I did not know that there were people out there who are able to feel what others are feeling. I mean I kinda get the idea, but don’t know if it is close to what you are experiencing.

    Life is more precious than any materialistic things that you can accumulate in this world. Those words resonated strongly with me. You have inspired me to look at life in a different light.

    Thanks a lot Dale, and keep up the good work!

    1. Hey Farhan,

      I appreciate the kind words. I would say there are a lot more people like me out there than you think. If you ever run across people who hate to be in large crowds more than likely they are empaths and they may not even know why they hate large crowds. Farhan! If I have inspired you to look at Life in a different light; Then I have done my job correctly. I wish you all of the best in Life.


  6. My enthusiasm is like a roller coaster. I must admit I am easily discouraged and affected by other people’s moods and approval or disapproval. It is something I have tried desperately to change to no avail. This was a helpful article to read for me because I can identify with you as an empath, at least to a point. I am not sure that I am one or if I am just a bit over sensitive and need more confidence and a thicker skin. I find it interesting you did not tell your story about almost drowning sooner. Did you at least tell your Mom? There are a lot of things we keep from our parents growing up but usually, they are because of our bad behavior. I wonder if you felt responsible. In any event, I am glad you made it back. Thanks for the good read.:) ~Gina

    1. Hey Gina,

      No I never told my mom either. When I got into my late teens and early twenties I finally told a few of my closest friends. I would say a lot of people are Empathic but they either don’t know it or they don’t know what it is. You made a valid point I probably did feel responsible for running off and leaving my siblings.


  7. Wow! Dale, I have read inpirational stories, but this is by far , one of the most awe-inspiring tales I have ever read. I think I know why you didn't talk about it for a long time. You instinctively knew that no one would believe you or were just not ready to hear about it. Was it all in your head? a reality? A fantasy? Perhaps a bit of both. But the fact is – you expereinced SOMETHING. And this something made you what you are today.  My sister was empthic as a child. I don't know if she still is. But I remember her sitting inside her bedroom closet with the door closed. At dinner time, we found her in there crying. Becaue she felt bad for all the trouble in the world and was helpless to prevent it. My poor mom didn't know how to console her. Empathy is a powerful trait. Thank you for sharing your story. I'm glad you've found a way to channel your empathy through writing.

    1. Thank you so much Hal,
      I appreciate your kind words. The part about me drowning was a very Traumatic Experience. But then it was replaced by a Beautiful Experience. To this day, I still do not drink water, but I have learned how to swim. Did your sister have a Traumatic Experience growing up as a child? I believe that is why I have Empathic Abilities.
      My very best regards.

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