Albert Einstein said …
What if you woke up every morning with passionate curiosity? Can you imagine the things you might discover? What new things might you learn if you allowed yourself to be open to new perspectives?
Jim Rohn said, “it’s simple, not always easy”. Being curious all day is not necessarily easy. But what if it were – what if you went through the entire weekend being curious and then acting on your curiosity?
Saturday morning, instead of starting your day in the usual manner, stop and smell the coffee – literally! Take a few moments as you prepare your morning ritual to be in reverent curiosity. Remember as a child when you didn’t know what you didn’t know. Someone, usually an adult, would do something that appeared out of the norm for you and you would ask, as any child would, “why?”.
My niece, Kailey, has a natural curiosity and zest for life. She wants to try EVERYTHING – at least once. And she questions EVERYTHING – at least twice. She is naturally curious. And her innocent curiosity reminds me of what it is like to not have to “know” everything – but instead to be in wonder.
I remember when my nephew Christopher asked me why I didn’t know where the cup holder was in the back seat of the car I was driving. At first I felt a bit foolish that I didn’t know – until I realized it was a rental car, and a model I had never driven before. Once I explained to him why I lacked this bit of knowledge, I regained his confidence in me. He became more curious and investigative about finding the cup holder than wondering why I didn’t know the answer. We had great fun searching and being curious.
Isn’t that the challenge – we put this expectation on ourselves that “somehow we should know”. Oh how we miss the opportunities of discovery whenever we laden ourselves with that type of guilt.
So you guessed it – my request of you for this weekend’s attitude adjustment is to allow yourself to be curious. Be passionately curious. Take nothing for granted but instead, as my friend and mentor Patty Jo Cornish says, “just notice”.
Just notice as much as you can this weekend and then be curious about it. What makes it work that way? What is that fresh aromatic blend in your coffee? How come you feel so good wearing that comfortable pair of jeans and your favorite t-shirt? What is it about those cars attached to shopping carts at the grocery store that bring such joy to the chidren who ride in them? How can your imagination best serve you today? When was the last time you sat back or laid in the grass and wondered about the clouds floating overhead?
I am so curious to hear from you and learn about your experience of being curious. Please be sure to take a few moments to let us know what you discovered.
Until next time, I remain curiously and….