Tuesday Thoughts And Curiosity
What did you implement last week?
When I was 8 or 9 years old back in Germany where I grew up,Tante Friedel (Aunt Friedel) went on a hike with my brother and I. We were in the Black Forest where tall, shady pines were all I could see. It was comfortably warm, but not too hot. My brother and I were walking along a soft path. My legs were getting tired and I wasn't too thrilled about this hike. Then my aunt, with her big smile and warm excited voice looks at us and says, "Look at those little bushes. Those are blueberries bushes. A few weeks ago they were ripe with blueberries."
I remember HER excitement about this little plant.
Not where I was or what I wore.
She did this often. Sadly we didn't visit with her much but that's a story for another day.
My growing up years were complicated.
Back to this moment; I remember finding little treasures like flowers, animals, or rocks on the side of my path.
What did this aunt do?
She fueled a curiosity in me which I still have to this day.
I see birds before anyone else in my family. I take pictures of small flowers. I notice them and I'm curious.
In a study with 14 year old students, it showed that the ones who had been the most energetically exploratory babies did best at school.
Also, according to The NY Times, less tha 10% of MOOC students finish the courses they sign up for on their own.
Its not only about the easy access to information, but about the person and whether or not they will use and apply the information.
Curiosity greatly helps in this. When we are curious about a subject or a person, there is less pressure. The stakes are low.
I also read that curiosity starts to dwindle as early as the age of 4.
I encourage you to stay curious. People who make reading and writing a habit show much slower mental decline. People who don’t read or write experience a decline that was 48% faster.
Staying curious is not only good for our mental health but for our relational health, too.
Instead of blaming our partner, boss, child, sister in law, teen....what if we came with curiosity?
"I wonder what's going on with him/her..."
Believe me, there is always something deeper than shows on the surface.
Want more curiosity relationships next week?
Let me know.
Aristotle: "All humans naturally desire knowledge."
I think I want to read something by him.....
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Until next time,
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