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Openess- and Curiosity

“I think, at a child’s birth, if a mother could ask a fairy godmother to endow it with the most useful gift, that gift should be curiosity. ”  ~Eleanor Roosevelt

I think my parents wished many things for me, their first child after a very long wait towards the end of which they began to fear they were unable to have children.  My poor parents – then me!!  Followed by my one sister and then nothing further.  No birth control in those days either…    But I digress.

“Curiosity is one of the most permanent and certain characteristics of a vigorous intellect.”   ~Samuel Johnson

Curiosity came with me.  “Why?” was my first word and I followed mum, dad, Nana and Poppy around inquisitely asking that specific question about anything that crossed my view and/or my mind.  “Why?” and “Why not?” remain to this day guiding keys to who I am and who I am meant to be.

 “Curiosity is lying in wait for every secret. “  ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

I saw things in darkened corners, in newborn’s first smiles, in all the spaces between what people say.  My own strangeness only became apparent to me when at school and I observed how different I was to others.  There was a time I so desperately wanted to be like everyone else and fit in, but then I grew beyond that yearning and began to take pride in my difference and differences.  They became a badge of courage ( almost) but certainly that uniqueness still hangs around and about me.

“You are odd!”  Yes.  Thank you for noticing.  I have worked very very hard to be sdifferent. *s*.  What strange reactions I get when I say this.  My children have learned to their chagrin that I celebrate my oddness and uniqueness.  One day they will be grateful, I am sure.

“Curiosity about life in all of its aspects, I think, is still the secret of great creative people.”  ~Leo Burnett

Dax Moy posts his ramblings on facebook and I have the pleasure of reading these. I find them a prompt to thoughts of my own and reminders of lessons I know I have learned ( soul deep) – underscoring from life to think.  He quoted this today which remidned me of my Why….

“I have no special talents, I am only passionately curious”
– Albert Einstein

Today there are some things I know, about myself, about people and about life and living within it – but I am only too aware that there is so, so much more that lies undiscovered.  I am not fixed and static, solidified into a safe and comfortable life.  I am active and mutable, and open.

Come on life.  I embrace all the possibilities which lie in wait.

 

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3 comments on “Openess- and Curiosity

  1. Thank you – and I agree 150%!!!!

  2. If only more people were curious! There are so many who are complacent to know what they think they know. Good post.

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