“Keep your thoughts positive because your thoughts become your words. Keep your words positive because your words become your behaviors. Keep your behaviors positive because your behaviors become your habits. Keep your habits positive because your habits become your values. Keep your values positive because your values become your destiny.” Gandhi
You read about a dozen people who created unimaginable and astounding adventures with their lives. At the time of their quests, they didn’t think much about what they were doing. They busied themselves in their passions for a particular quest. Some may have become famous, while others enjoyed themselves regardless of any notoriety or fame.
However the question remains: why do some people quest for adventure whereas most people live average lives?
The Enthusiastic Life
From my perspective, life equals enthusiasm. What about enthusiastic people? What excites them? How come some become exceptionally engaged while others bide their time? Are extroverts enthusiastic and introverts not?
It’s impossible to make any judgment about anyone based on their size, sex, height, education, race, creed or color. Everyone enters this world with a certain energy that moves into an intellectual or emotional grid that may give them extraordinary vitality or optimism or otherwise. Their outlook propels them into many kinds of adventure.
It doesn’t matter if you are a quiet type or an energetic person.
You may express your enthusiasm loudly or quietly, in writing or song, in painting or sculpturing. You are a fountain of creative energy. You may guide that creative process by harnessing your mind. You will learn how to accomplish your goals by your enthusiasm.
Again, these concepts or philosophical propensities can be used by you to explore your highest and best potential. But that doesn’t guarantee anything. I once met a guy named Stan at a rest stop on the eastern side of the Grand Canyon. He possessed a sobering demeanor and harsh outlook on life. He had bicycled from the Arctic Ocean in Alaska all the way to the bottom of South America, some 18,000 miles. His stories mesmerized us.
“Well, every night before I go to bed, I always put my false teeth in a cup at the back of my tent,” Stan said. “But I got tired of knocking over the cup each night, so I put the cup outside the tent. Mind you, Little Chum sleeps all day in the milk crate and prowls outside all night while I sleep. One morning, in Mexico, I woke up to find my teeth gone. In a panic, I yelled to Little Chum. I had him sniff the cup and pleaded with him to go find my teeth. Well, he wandered around the campsite until he made his way over to a pile about 25 feet from the tent. He started digging. I got over there and started digging into a pack rat’s den. About 10 inches into the hole, I uncovered my dental work smiling back up at me. I thanked Little Chum, rinsed my teeth and popped them back into my mouth. Breakfast never tasted so good.” We howled about that one.
Thus, creative energy expresses through all of creation and all creatures. For humans, we enjoy an amazing expression called enthusiasm. That enthusiasm could be about macramé, knitting, painting, poetry, sculpting, rearing your kids, cheering your home team onward or it could mean exploring this planet in a variety of ways.