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Inquiring Minds Want to Know!

Loretta LaRoche
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Nov 16, 2010 at 02:00 AM 0 comments

There’s no more permanent or certain characteristic of a vigorous mind than an unquenchable curiosity. I’m thankful that my grandparents never quelled my need to explore and seek out answers for many, many things. Children are born with incredible inquisitiveness—touching, smelling, and staring for long periods of time as they try to figure things out. Who hasn’t had a child or been around one who continually asks “Why?” And when it’s answered, another “Why” replaces it. The adult inevitably becomes exhausted and finally exclaims, “Because I said so,” which only creates another “Why.”

Kids are like the Energizer Bunny in all its glory. They’re a miniature FedEx driver. Nothing stops them! Along the way, the desire for us to know may be dampened by overbearing parents or a life that has taken its toll on our spirit, but curiosity can be recaptured or enhanced by doing a variety of things. It really is about engaging and exploring.

Lighten Up Your Week

Try a few of my suggestions to stay curious this week. Some ideas allow you to simply be present wherever you are and some require a bit of effort. You choose where you’d like to begin.

  • Whenever you’re in a place where you have to wait, engage others in conversation. Find out where they’re from and what they do. I love talking to people because I find out a lot about how folks live, what types of things they do, and what part of the world they’re from.
  • When you take a walk, notice what’s around you—the foliage, the animals, the houses. Don’t just look, examine deeply. I love to pick up a leaf and study its construction. Take nothing for granted.
  • Be available to the inquisitiveness of others, whether it’s coming from your children, grandchildren, mate or co-worker. Don’t stifle someone’s curiosity because you’ve lost yours.

Albert Einstein said it best. “The important thing is not to 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.”

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