I like what Shakespeare wrote, "Some people never seem to grow old. Always active in thought, always ready to adopt new ideas, they are never chargeable with fogyism. Satisfied, yet ever dissatisfied, settled, yet ever unsettled, they always enjoy the best of what will be."

As unique individuals, we must always express the enthusiasm we have to others, and to the world.

Being around inspiring, encouraging, and faith filled people creates the vigor we need to think innovative ideas, to believe, to dream, and to take action needed to achieve. Just being near them makes us more joyful. Their positive, can-do attitude is contagious. And as Ralph Waldo Emerson inscribed, "Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm."

A while ago, I met a business colleague that exemplified this philosophy. She was warm, self-assured, and enthusiastic. I felt secure in her presence, and her energy and excitement was catching! After talking to her for just forty-five minutes, I was motivated for days and days thereafter. It has now been months since I met her, and her passion, kindness, and imaginative thoughts still resound within me.

There is a powerful transformation that takes place when we surround ourselves with like-minded people. They help us attain our goals, not distract us, they help motivate us into action, not push us away, and inspire us to go higher, not knock us down. Encouraging and enthusiastic people are like flowers in the garden of life. They lend enchantment to ordinary things.

We must tune out the naysayer. We can achieve anything we want, if it is God's will and it benefits others. Each precious day brings new opportunities. This is your life; make it meaningful and expect great things. The potential for growth is limitless at any age with faith in God's promises, perseverance, and hard work. I am quite fond of what Emily Dickinson wrote, "I dwell in possibility." However, even more so, I love to say, "I dwell in absolute...that's faith."

Enrich, expand, and achieve. There is so much to learn, to discover and to accomplish. Do not ask yourself, "Why?" Instead, say, "Why not!" Take a step toward your goals and reach higher. Pray and believe. The secret of those who make discoveries is enthusiastic faith. They are triumphant, victorious, and they regard nothing as impossible. They persistently act on their ambition and vision. Let us all remember the quotation, "An ant moves a hill one small grain of sand at a time." And in the end, the ant moved the entire mountain. Let us put one foot in front of the other and attain our heart's desire.

Reader Adele Haggarty of Guilford wrote, "After my children were in school, I pursued my dream of being a reporter. I worked for our local newspaper as a column editor and photographer, and took pictures for occasions and really loved every minute of it."

With God's help, we can create our own destiny by accepting as true that God wants the best for those who believe that all things are possible.

Reader Christine Fieo wrote via e-mail, "I am the mother of three small children and work out of the home for a major skincare company. There is so much negativity in our world today that people fail to believe in themselves, and fail to put their lives in God's hands. One must live by example. God's example."

Arising from our aspirations, to the realization that our enthusiasm is what keeps us happy on the way to achievement. We can light our way to true peace, satisfaction, and success by turning to God and asking Him to open the doors He wants us to walk through...

And He will, you know....He will.

Catherine Galasso-Vigorito, author of "A New You, Words to Soothe the Mind, Body and Spirit" (Adams Media, available at bookstores nationwide), can be e-mailed at anewyou@snet.net.

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