Zealous - ardently active, devoted or diligent; enthusiastic, eager, fervent, intense, passionate, warm.
15. She riseth while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens.
You have to believe in what you are doing. Anything worth your time is worth a bit of sacrifice - getting up early, giving up time-wasters. Nothing on this earth, however, is worth losing yourself to gain. It's a matter of degree.
These days, I think people hear "zealous" and hear "zealot", with all it's negative implications. Nothing could be further from the truth. To me, a zealot is self-centered, while a zealous person cares passionately about something other than him- or herself.
18. She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night.
Being zealous is going outside our comfort zone for a reason, sacrificing of our time or resources for a cause. When we find our purpose, or dharma, it resonates inside and out; it feels 'right'. We feel excited about our new adventure. When we are "in the zone", we can stay up late and it does not tire us. What a great way to live!
Well....it's the end of another Blogging from A to Z Challenge. What a rush! I hope y'all enjoyed yourselves!
One last question...what makes your heart sing?
(thanks to Jeremy @ Being Retro for the original button design, to dictionary.com for the definitions, and to picmonkey.com for the ability to customize the graphics.)