This week I am looking for the virtue of Enthusiasm in myself and others. Last week it was Kindness, and interestingly enough, I continue now to find Kindness while I look for Enthusiam. While standing in line at Sam’s Club last night to return an item I struck up a conversation with the man in front of me. He was returning an entire case of Cheetos. I asked if he had a large family — he said no, that he was neither married nor did he have children. He wanted to exchange the flaming hot Cheetos for the regular ones so he could give them out to the children he visited who were orphans. He then went on to say that the children were always surprised when they learned that he had no children of his own. He was also very enthusiastic as he described bringing treats to the children. As a health coach, I suggested, of course, that he bring some healthy items sometimes. Apparently the children prefer the junk food.
As he said these things to me, many questions entered my mind, but I did not think it was the right time/place to ask them of him. I was so curious about where he went to see these children and why. When I told him I was going to write about his act of Kindness in my blog post, he smiled, but did not ask me more about the blog post such as the name of it or more about this “personal development” course I was taking. He was polite and seemed happy to chat with me, but also a bit shy. It did make me wonder, after our conversation, how many more people were doing their own acts of Kindness all around me.
Today, my Enthusiasm dot on my tracker is from a salon I visited for a mani-pedi. I complimented the owner on the gold butterflies embedded in the shiny black floor. He enthusiastically described how they were made in Dubai and created especially for his salon out of real gold. His enthusiasm for the process and the attention to detail was very interesting to me. This attention to detail continued with the great customer service I received, and at the end of my appointment, as I was checking out, he asked me about my job. He may become one of my clients! I wonder if his enthusiasm over the fact that I noticed his butterflies contributed to his openness in doing business with me. 🙂
As I observe these virtues from Ben Franklin in those around me, I am more aware of them in myself and my desire to increase them. Next week is Specialized Knowledge and I can’t wait to see who I encounter!