I just love that word. It says it all, doesn't it? Gusto is what keeps us barreling through when times are tough. Gusto is what gives our projects the extra oomph needed to make it shine. And a little goes a long way. Just that little extra gusto added in our voice, makes a world of difference.
People see it. They flock to it. They want it for themselves, want to know how they can get it.
Gusto is enthusiasm, and zest. But if I had to break it down, I'd say gusto also comes from determination, dedication, faith, confidence, desire, and never giving up.
We should write with gusto, parent with gusto, work with gusto, blog with gusto!
You know who has gusto? This girl:
Have you heard of Beth Hamilton? There's a movie out right now--the true story of her life. If you don't know, she had big dreams of being a pro surfer. She was born into a family of surfers, and lived for riding the waves. She was good too, winning competitions as early as age 8.
At age 13, Bet was attacked by a 14 foot tiger shark while on her board and lost her arm. And she thought, she'd lost her hopeful career as well.
One month later, Beth returned to the water. She would pursue her dream, regardless the obstacles. One arm? No problem. She was determined to make it work. And she did! Two months after the attack she placed fifth in a competition. One year later, she'd won her first national title.
What an amazing person. It's no surprise she's inspired peeps all over the world. How'd she do it? No one would've knocked her down for taking a break from surfing--she'd lost an arm! Imagine how to balance with one arm. Ever tried surfing? It ain't as easy as the pros make it look.
I'm willing to bet, this girl has so much gusto, she could NOT sit back and assume the disabled label wanting to take over her life. It's such a great story to remind us that we all have obstacles, and sometimes life just doesn't want to cooperate with what we want. Do we crawl inside our shells and cower, or do we shake our fist in the air and shout, "You got me this time, but I'll be back!"
Why? Because we love it too much to give up. That's gusto.
So why not add in a little extra gusto today. It's contagious.
Is there anyone you can think of that makes you think "Now that's a person with gusto!" ?? I'd love to hear about it in the comments!