Perpetual Curiosity 2

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I promise our cat, Rakila, is NOT dead in that picture! (It always amazes me the crazy positions cats choose to relax in…) Rakila is full of typical kitty curiosity. She loves to explore the great outdoors, chase bats and rats and birds and lizards and dogs, and see just how far up the coconut trees she can climb. There seems to be no limit to the things she is curious about.

 
When was the last time you were truly curious about something?

I’m not talking about Googling what “Error 14” means when your robot vacuum stops working, or relying on Twitter updates for game scores when you can’t watch your team play.

I’m talking about taking a posture of humility and seeking to understand something in a way that is beyond your immediate or normal perception and perspective. 

I wrote about perpetual curiosity once a few years ago, and it turns out that I have a long way to go still. 

Living in a country where I didn’t grow up has caused me to become more curious. Easter is coming up soon, and I know it doesn’t look the same here as it does in the United States. Good Friday is the day of focus – alcohol sales are prohibited, most businesses are closed, and families spend time together contemplating the meaning of the day. Sunday is a huge celebration and party day. Easter egg hunts, church services, and family brunches aren’t the norm.

I’m finding as I continue to age that I have a choice to make. Do I grow more stubborn and set in my ways, opinions, and patterns of thinking? Or do I embrace the opportunity to lean into perpetual curiosity?

I want to choose to stay curious.

I find myself asking more questions instead of offering more answers.

I find myself trying to listen more and talk less.

I find myself thinking about things like social justice and racism and religion and freedom differently.

What does curiosity look like to you?

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6 thoughts on “Perpetual Curiosity 2”

  1. Donna meyer says:

    I don’t call it curiosity anymore . It’s more reality and I need to understand more about these words and feelings such as social injustice , and racism . I didn’t grow up feeling that way . I didn’t raise my children that way and yet when you go to your deepest place in your mind and heart can you truly say anything is ok ? This is what I fight with . I have best friends for years who I love with my whole heart ! I wouldn’t trade them for anyone . But there are other situations that I don’t know if they or I would to this day approve of . The world has come very far in this area , but we still have a ways to go . I hope my grandchildren’s generation can show us all the way . Love you and miss you Heather !

    1. I love that it is no longer an option for you – it is a necessity to seek greater understanding. Miss you and Mel!

  2. Cindy Womack says:

    I can’t tell you how big my smile was when I saw this. Keep writing– you were born for it. 🥰

  3. Tanya Browning Heath says:

    First of all, it’s truly hilarious that you linked the actual Roomba error code site in your post (yes, I checked). Second of all, you are the best and I miss our talks. Third, perpetual curiosity is such a great way to live! I love that idea in regards to God, my husband, my other family, my job, and the list goes on. I am going to look for ways to implement that viewpoint each day.

    1. Haha. Never know when someone else might be having the same error code and need help! 🙂 Thanks for your encouragement. And message me for a “lunch” date soon!

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