middot enthusiasm

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Enthusiasm is approaching a task with zeal and the desire to accomplish it. It is vital in maintaining momentum in a productive and positive life. If one displays too much enthusiasm, it appears as obsessive and manic, while a complete lack of enthusiasm shows itself as listless and uninterested. Enthusiasm brought out in the right way is contagious and can be very inspirational to many.

Suggested exercises:

  • Enter into a difficult task earlier than planned and strive to complete itwith all your might.
  • Enter a meeting with a cheerful and can-do attitude and maintain that demeanor throughout the meeting.
  • Help someone with a difficult task by displaying a helpful and zealous attitude.
  • Set your alarm clock 15 minutes earlier than normal and begin the day with an extra prayer or meditation. Spring into the day with anticipation.

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accounting


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daily living


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torah


Then they called Rebekah and said to her, "Will you go with this man?" And she said, "I will go." Genesis 24:58 One thing I’ve observed about the male psyche in my years of couns...
Then Miriam the prophetess, Aaron’s sister, took a timbrel in her hand, and all the women went out after her in dance with timbrels. And Miriam chanted for them:Sing to the Lord, ...
It’s hard to imagine a more enthusiastic response to God than the one commanded in the Shema: “You shall love Hashem your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with...
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besorah


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I love to run. Three years of cross country in high school planted that love firmly in my bones. For any sport, enthusiasm plays a big role. ...
Around the time I entered high school I discovered that it was not “cool” to be enthusiastic. As a matter of fact, phrases like “be cool” and “that’s chill” reflected ...
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meditation


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stories


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