“…nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.”

I stumbled on this quote today while taking a quick bloggie break, meandering to a few of my newer found fitness blogs in my RSS reader, this quote I found on “Mama’s Fit Life” which I actually discovered via another newer (to me) blog, “All Vegged Out.

Be active, be energetic, be enthusiastic and faithful, and you will accomplish your object. Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

This quote totally spoke to me — it falls very much in line with my current feelings for really living in the moment, avoiding the negative thinking (where possible, I am only human! – those “fat days” happen too, right??), and being happy in my current situation, whatever that may be. It’s so true, though– nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm. Enthusiasm and greatness come hand-in-hand, for real — can you think of even one example of something great happening that didn’t involve effort and a positive, optimistic and enthusiastic outlook? I don’t think I can.

So anyway, it was definitely the exact right quote for me to stumble on today. I was feeling a little bit grouchy and annoyed today (for one reason or another) but this quote from Mama’s Fit Life and the blog I read first from All Vegged Out were both great reminders.

Rebeca’s post today was about being stagnant – and just how much that feeling can infiltrate all areas of our lives. Her main point was that stagnance prevents us from truly LIVING. From her post:

My life, of late, has been stagnant. I get up allowing myself the bare minimum of time to get ready for work. I go to work. I sit there barely enjoying my wonderful students. I stay in my classroom at lunch rather than talk to my colleagues. I run my program but carry a load of unhappiness with me. I trudge home, make a quick, lackluster meal. Eat on my bed. Stare at a screen. Sleep fitfully.

The last part got me, especially — “sleep fitfully.” Eye-opening — I have NOT had a good night’s sleep in at least two weeks, at least not during the work week, and its gotten worse lately. Thankfully last night was a decent  night’s sleep which I desperately needed, but still. The fact that she mentions it here in relation to stagnance and not really feeling like she’s been living lately got me thinking. I think a lot of those feelings I’ve blogged about lately have been rolling around so much in my head that its actually causing me to lose sleep. That’s not to say that blogging it out hasn’t helped because it has, but maybe I’m nearing some sort of revelation and its starting to come out in my sleep patterns? Or maybe its just my brain trying to tell me to stop overthinking and to just enjoy my life for what it is – pretty balanced, filled with loving friends and family, a job that pays the bills and a workout regime that, while intense, is what keeps me centered and healthy and alive.  Who knows, I could be WAY off, but of course, now my mind is a-flutter with thoughts, ha.

So, anyway, I had to jot this down while it was fresh on my mind. I’m now scrambling to get things done before heading off to my sister‘s Kick video assessment tonight, whoops. I know she’ll rock it – she always does. 🙂