Here at The James Company, as we continue to ride out the pandemic, we reflect on those steadfast values that guide our work.  Enthusiasm is one of those values.

I love the source of the word Enthusiasm.  It traces back to the Greek word entheos …”divinely inspired, possessed by a god”… which is derived from en “in” + theos “god”.  I am reminded that Enthusiasm flows from, and is grounded in God.

When the late UCLA Coach John Wooden built his Pyramid of Success, he chose Enthusiasm as a cornerstone.  He defined Enthusiasm as this: “Brushes off upon those with whom you come in contact. You must truly enjoy what you are doing.”   Especially during this pandemic, here’s a question for all of us… How effectively do we “brush off” upon one another?  How well are we handling adversity with Enthusiasm?  Coach Wooden, shared what NOT to do (wisdom he got from his own Dad) …don’t whine, don’t complain, don’t make excuses.

The Gospels challenge me to embrace Enthusiasm. Matthew 5:13 – 16:  “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.  You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”

During these times of adversity, may we all be salt… may we be light… may way be entheos!

Be well everyone.

Fred Stoltz, Director
The James Company
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