Further Secrets of Adulthood:
The more I think about happiness, the more I value enthusiasm.
This post I wrote about Julia Child may be one of my favorite posts ever.
It can seem cooler and smarter to be ironic, detached, or critical, and it’s certainly much easier and safer to adopt that sort of stance. But enthusiasm is more fun. Enthusiasm is generous, positive, energetic, and social. It’s outward-turning and engaged. It’s brave, unself-conscious, warm-hearted, and kind of goofy. Like Julia Child!
I’m not sure whether I agree with Samuel Taylor Coleridge, who wrote, “Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm” – but enthusiasm certainly helps. And sometimes enthusiasm takes guts.
I'm reminded of one of something my sister the sage once told me: "No one has an opinion until someone else has an opinion." By speaking up with enthusiasm, we change people's attitudes.
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