Blooming Boomers

July 11, 2010

CURIOSITY

Filed under: Workshops/ Encouragement — Tags: , , , , — sakaco @ 11:56 pm

The important thing is to not stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery every day. Never lose a holy curiosity.            Albert Einstein

curiosity

I think the expression on this kitten’s face is one of “curiosity”. : )  ( Tell us what YOU think the kitten is thinking) Wikipedia states that curiosity is an emotion related to natural inquisitive behavior. It also “represents a drive to know new things…” Does this describe YOU?

I have a 21 month old grandson, Charlie,who is an ACTUAL LIVING EXAMPLE  of  what it means to be CURIOUS. From the moment he gets up until the time he goes to bed he is a MOVING CURIOSITY MACHINE. He picks up everything in front of him and tries to figure out how it works. He manages to find every phone in the house and push every single button to see what happens. He opens every cupboard door to look in and see what is in there. And he has started asking simple questions. One of his favorite questions, after bending his arms at the elbows and laying his palms up, is “Where’d go?” Translation: Where did ( it/he/she/ or whatever he can’t find ) go? Once when he was in his car seat in the backseat of my car, I let him hold the car keys while I was unfastening his seatbelt to let him out. During the few seconds it took to get him out of the car seat, he had pushed buttons to lock and unlock the car doors several times ( 2 buttons ), honked the horn several times ( 1 button ), and popped the trunk open ( 1 button ).

But I suspect that Charlie is no different than other kids his age. They have a natural inquisitive nature as we all probably did at that age. They have a DRIVE ( no pun intended ) to know new things.

Now obviously, we all have mastered the simple things that Charlie is discovering at 21 months. But as we grow older we should be remaining curious and have a desire to keep learning!  What if Charlie was a child who just sat there and didn’t explore or seek to figure things out  or begin questioning? We probably would think there was something wrong. And indeed, there would be as we were made for this! It is our natural God-given desire to understand ourselves and the world we live in. When we’re being CURIOUS we explore, we investigate, we discover, we learn.  But it shouldn’t stop as children. We just need to  move on to being curious about greater things! To remain curious is to remain ALIVE mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.

A study was done to find the common traits  of people who lived to be over  100 years old and the  NUMBER ONE TRAIT they all had in common was the TRAIT OF CURIOSITY. To remain curious and alive mentally, emotionally, and spiritually, helps us live longer!

So are YOU still curious?  Are you still wanting to explore, investigate, discover, and learn as you did as a child? Do you desire to be more ALIVE mentally, emotionally, spiritually? Albert Einstein would encourage you to DAILY COMPREHEND a little of life’s mysteries and always HAVE A HOLY CURIOSITY. Interesting  words coming from Einstein but don’t take HIS word for it. Begin to discover this FULLY ALIVE trait for yourself.

Workshop      We’re continuing the workshop “The Garden Of Your Mind” through the summer but in August we will add a SURPRISE component! Stay tuned and in the meantime, share this with friends and family!

Comments        We love hearing from you so don’t forget to comment!

Thanks for stopping by!   Sandy



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2 Comments »

  1. Sandy, you are so right! We tend to lose that curiosity as we age. It’s like we think that is something that should be left behind as we grow older. But staying curious is also what keeps our creative juices flowing.

    Cute stories about Charlie. He sounds like a handful!

    Love the pic of the kitten. “Playmates or Lunch?”

    Great post!

    Vera

    Comment by Vera Brasher — July 13, 2010 @ 5:47 am

  2. Vera,

    The curiosity factor DOES play a role in our creativity as well! I think it’s just being able to continue to be a child at heart and keep playing, discovering, and “making things”. : )

    I like your caption for the kitten!

    Thanks for stopping by, Vera!
    sandy

    PS… For anyone reading this…Vera makes GORGEOUS furniture for AMERICAN GIRL DOLLS!

    Comment by sakaco — July 13, 2010 @ 8:30 am


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