“The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled.”
If you are like I am you know folks who are good people who spend all their time just being who they are never allowing time for them to be who they might be. Like so many of us they just do what they always do and they do it well. They get some satisfaction from just fulfilling their tasks on the job and outside of work. They seldom can identify anything that is different in their lives that might provide them a more interesting and fulfilling existence.
All of us benefit when we allow ourselves the opportunity to try something new, to occasionally sail out of our safe harbors to explore a little more of the world. I have been lucky enough to meet many people who have taken the steps that have led them to some great places. The achievers are those who found they could do things that they never knew they could do until they risked trying something different.
I just read an article written by Kristi Triplett on the importance of staying curious that I liked. Here are excerpts from her piece that I think offers people the opportunity to discover what may take them to a place they would enjoy.
Curiosity is a beautiful piece of us to embrace. Curiosity is innate. It is natural. To find it, we must look beyond the patterns of our day. We must be able to allow ourselves to come to the present and experience every moment as if it was to never cross our path again. Curiosity has been found to improve aspects such as health, intelligence, social relationships, happiness, and life meaning. In the next few paragraphs, I hope you are able to reflect on your own narrative and become inquisitive on how you can nurture your inherent trait of curiosity:
Open yourself up to what you still don’t know
Beginning to be aware of what is happening around you is a great start! Each of us has our own narrative, our own story. Listen. We have two ears and one mouth for a reason. Listen more. Learn more. Begin to build more knowledge and understanding in different areas of life you are passionate about, whether that is diversity, business, advocacy, public policy, etc. I love how Psychology Today describes it: go to people, not google.
Engage yourself in those feelings of the unknown
Have you ever had that feeling of walking into your surprise birthday party, having your dinner paid for by a stranger, or even receiving a random high five from your boss who you knew wasn’t having the best day? What did you feel after? Maybe a little bit of joy? Many times, we can discover this feeling of pleasure and true happiness in the surprises that jump out at us from our daily patterns. Focus on both the puzzles and the mysteries.
Explore what you are passionate about
What are you passionate about? What do you enjoy that breaks you out of your daily patterns of life? Explore what fascinates you whether that be nature, people, architecture, food…Curiosity is the root to discoveries.
Who, what, when, where, and why (these will be your best friends). Mike Parker, CEO of Dow Chemical says it like this:
“A lot of bad leadership comes from an inability or unwillingness to ask questions. I have watched talented people—people with much higher IQs than mine—who have failed as leaders. They can talk brilliantly, with a great breadth of knowledge, but they’re not very good at asking questions. So while they know a lot at a high level, they don’t know what’s going on way down in the system. Sometimes they are afraid of asking questions, but what they don’t realize is that the dumbest questions can be very powerful. They can unlock a conversation.”
Be willing to ask all kinds of questions, even if they feel silly.
We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.
Morty and Sarah had just returned home from a party. Sarah said, “Do you realize what you did tonight, Morty?”
“No I don’t,” Morty replied, “But I’ll admit I was wrong. What did I do?”
I stopped believing in Santa Claus when my mother took me to see him in a department store, and he asked for my autograph.
It was their first date, and she’d shown the patience of a saint as he babbled on and on about his hobbies, his pet peeves, his driving techniques, and even the standards he used to choose his barber. Finally, he came up for air and said, “But enough about me. Let’s talk about you.” She breathed a sigh of relief.
He went on, “What do you think about me?”
“I love to shop after a bad relationship. I don’t know. I buy a new outfit and it makes me feel better. It just does. Sometimes I see a really great outfit, I’ll break up with someone on purpose.”
Rummaging through her attic one day, my friend Kathryn found an old shotgun. Unsure how to dispose of it, she called her parents. “Take it to the police station,” her mother suggested. My friend was about to hang up when her mom added….”And, Kathryn?”
“Call them first and let them know you’re coming.”
You’re never too old to learn something stupid.
An elderly woman walked into the local country church. The friendly usher greeted her at the door and helped her up the flight of steps. “Where would you like to sit?” he asked politely.
“The front row please.” she answered.
“You really don’t want to do that”, the usher said. “The pastor is really boring.”
“Do you happen to know who I am?” the woman inquired. “No.” he said.
“I’m the pastor’s mother,” she replied indignantly.
“Do you know who I am?” he asked.
“No.” she said.
“Good,” he answered.
“What a large volume of adventures may be grasped within the span of his life by him who interests his heart in everything.”
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
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