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Activity, including obviously important and beneficial activity can at times be tedious and repetitive. It is not always possible to be full of excitement and overflowing with eager enjoyment at every task, especially those you feel you ‘must’ do. Or is it? Yes it is, and the magic ingredient is enthusiasm.
The truth is that every task contributes to the whole. The great painters were always keen to stretch their own canvass and tack it to the frame and mix and prepare their own paints. These preparatory and potentially mundane tasks were also seen as part of the finished composition and helped in the process of focusing.
Enthusiasm means to engage in the small duties with the same attention and eagerness as the big events. And enthusiasm is greatly enhanced by having a clear motivation and vision of why, not just what, you are about.
Appreciation of the life and love of others is the essence of a free and authentic life. Be enthusiastic in your appreciation for the achievements of others. Cultivate gratitude for all the elements of your life and let go of grievances and resentments. This will release you from the pull of the ego and fill you with a deep inner sense of appreciation for the abundance of life. Read more on Appreciation (the 7th Pillar of the Freedom Code)

The prevailing disposition of human nature is essentially positive, directed towards harmony and a sense of internal unity, constantly seeking union or wholeness in and with other beings and the world.
Despite the evidence of some human behavior, at the central core of our being is the desire to seek what is laudable, hopeful or “to the good” for ourselves and others. Our essential nature urges us to do what is pleasing, valuable or useful both for ourselves and others.

As the Dutch philosopher Baruch Spinoza wrote “You neither want nor strive for anything because you judge it to be good. On the contrary, you consider something to be good because you strive for it, want it and desire it.” What is good is right and what is right is good, and these constitute the essence of authenticity.
In many ways what is good is also what is whole or complete. Some use the term ‘wholesome’ to describe something that is physically or morally good, that it exhibits soundness in body, mind or composition. The sense of separation within us, and between us and others, and the emphasis in the world on separation and difference denies the unity and interdependence that is the true nature of the universe.
Good therefore, is right because it affirms and accepts our wholeness within the diversity and multiplicity of a world which we co-create daily with our fellow human beings. At a personal level this is more than just being good or doing good, but in its truest form is compassionate love for yourself and others.
The opposite of good is evil. Paradoxically evil is nothing other than a rejection of the good. Everything that exists comes originally from good. Everything is in some way good, and evil only exists in a secondary juxtaposition to good. Goodness is innate—evil isn’t.
The Christian saint and philosopher, Augustine of Hippo said that “those things we call evil are defects in good things and quite incapable of existing in their own right outside good things.” Those defects testify to the natural goodness of things.
According to Carl Jung evil is not a natural thing, it is the name given to the state of being deprived of goodness. Therefore there can be no good without evil, and there can be no evil without good. Good is what seems suitable, acceptable or valuable to you and evil is the opposite. Good is the inherent nature of things and evil is a defect in that nature.

The philosophy of Adaptive Freedom highlights seven Qualities of Authenticity. The seventh is Congeniality:
At the core of authenticity is the capacity to enjoy life. Freedom without joy, laughter, beauty, art, creativity and wellbeing would be a hollow liberty indeed. Congenial people are happy people—they have a high sense of wellbeing and self-worth. This entails seeking compatibility with others, being emotionally responsive in social situations, and being constructive in conflict situations. This implies a high level of personal balance between the competing needs for achievement and play, high performance and relaxation. It necessitates being grounded. As a congenial person you will enthusiastically contribute in positive ways to friends, family and community and recognise and acknowledge the spirit of service in others. Gratitude is central to your life. You have a deep inner sense of appreciation for the abundance of life and enthusiastically appreciate the achievements of others.
Each of the 7 Qualities of Authenticity is linked to one of the 7 Pillars of the Freedom Code. Congeniality is linked to the 7th Pillar: Animation and Appreciation.
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