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The Enthusiastic card. Monday November 18, 2013

Here's the tenth in the series of excellent blogs by Lex covering the adjectives on the 20 Moodscope cards. Please don't forget we'd love you to add any ideas, tips, insights or advice you may have that you'd like to share with other Moodscope members that might be of help. Please add them to the comments at the end of this post. Many thanks. Caroline.

Enthusiastic – defined by Moodscope as 'showing eagerness'.

I've saved this one up as it is one of my favourite words... and "Wow!" does it show!!! I can't hide it.

If I'm enthusiastic about something – it 'leaks' from every pore and broadcasts from every muscle. Just look at those exclamation marks!!!

It says, "Let me in there, Coach! Don't leave me on the bench!" And yet "Enthuse" is even more exciting than the feeling of that inner puppy in me that's about to go for a walk.

The roots of the Greek word mean "God within" (en Theos). Whilst the use is not always positive, the intention of the Moodscope card is totally positive. It's about having drive and movement towards something – it's a momentum word.

Herein lies one secret of stirring up enthusiasm if it is lacking today. Get some momentum going – some movement. For example, I really don't have much 'enthusiasm' for vacuuming. I like the result, but not the process – not when there are so many other exciting things to do. But once I get moving to a rhythm, my enthusiasm comes upon me as if moved by the Divine! My secret? Wagner!!!

Nothing gets me to wield the vacuum cleaner more vigorously and effectively than a good blast of "Ride of the Valkyries" – after all, wasn't that why the Walkman and then the mp3 players were invented! It works for washing up too! In this case "Ride of the Valkyries" is too dangerous – more a case of, "I'll do the washing up, if you'll pick up the pieces..." So for washing up, a good bit of crooning works well (for my tastes) – a bit of Julie London, Bing Crosby, Matt Monroe, and, of course, Nat King Cole.

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DawnCRitchie Mon, Nov 18th 2013 @ 3:22pm

Hmm, I can just see you bouncing up and down like a puppy Lexi :D
My enthusiastic is more gentile. As an introvert, I feel emotions, but whereas an extrovert may display depression or excitement at 10 on a scale of 1 - 10, I display it at about 5 which can be a little unsettling for a speaker/preacher who is extrovert and needs to see excited puppies. Its interesting how we're all different.
Great tip about the music to household chores. I do that too.

Anonymous Mon, Nov 18th 2013 @ 9:50pm

Hi I tried to comment this morning, but it didn't seem to work. My partner noticed my enthusiasm score one day and remarked that he felt I was much more enthusiastic then I scored myself, so now when I score myself I reflect on that. There is enthusiasm when I am by myself and there can be a larger enthusiasm which comes when I am with folk... I just try to bear that in mind.

The Entertrainer Tue, Nov 19th 2013 @ 8:11am

That's a great distinction addressing two types of Intelligence that feed enthsiasm. As with Dawn above, some of us have the fires of enthusiasm kindled by time alone to think. This is a powerful aspect of what Professor Howard Gardner calls "Intra-Personal Intelligence". Those of us rich in "Inter-Personal Intelligence" will have a different kind of enthusiasm fired by inter-persona or sociall exchanges. Both are 'intelligent' behaviours and equally valid - but deliciousy different flavours!

On that mix of metaphors, may I just say, "Thank You" for making the effort to post again. I checked in during the day and there was Dawn's enthusiastic comment and no others. I'm always encouraged by Dawn but was beginning to wonder if I should cut back on my contributions since one needs to know if they are useful! It may be, however, that lots of people had trouble commenting. Thanks for persevering.

Julia Tue, Nov 19th 2013 @ 9:10am

Hi Lex. I am sure many people read yesterday's blog and enjoyed it like I did but didn't feel like responding..Monday morning, the less than enthusiastic feelings that a lot of us have and so on and so on. Something may not have resonated, who knows but do not be put off. We all have negative responses on Moodscope especially when we own up to who we are and post regularly. I think this negativity reveals more about the person writing such things than the person they are addressing. That's how I see it and I think you should look at the lack of comments yesterday like this and therefore not blame yourself.You put yourself out there no holds barred (particularly in yesterday's blog) which is brave. In any case we cannot read other peoples' minds and for all we know there were few blogs because people may have thought it too brilliant to comment on, "what can we say that will help any further?" Also maybe there was a technical hitch.You just do not know so I think you should continue to write your blogs and posts as long as you enjoy doing so and have the time. Also when you think about it all your blogs except yesterdays have received a good response and here's yet another one!

The Entertrainer Tue, Nov 19th 2013 @ 9:42am

Julia, you are a well-spring of wisdom and encouragement.

Suzy Tue, Nov 19th 2013 @ 10:22am

Hey Lexi, I too tried all day yesterday to post a comment alas, for some reason, it's impossible to do so from an iphone. Anyway's just wanted to thank you for your post. I love it when a post makes me titter out loud and your musings did that just that. Music is surely the original Mr Motivator.
Indeed, thanks for all your posts on the moodscope adjectives. It's been no easy feat that I'm sure.

Thanks again,

The Entertrainer Tue, Nov 19th 2013 @ 11:02am

Thanks Suzy, if that thought made you titter out loud, you should actuall see me vacuum in my purple polka dot pinny!

Anonymous Tue, Nov 19th 2013 @ 11:34pm

I too tried to comment yesterday. Sad to say, I was a lot less than enthusiastic about re-typing my post.

But I enjoyed your message today, and found it very thought-provoking. Many thanks.


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