05/04/2011 by Sarah Ritchie
“”Curiouser and curiouser!” cried Alice.” (Alice in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll)
Isn’t “curious” an intriguing word?! The word reminds me of a mouse, scurrying around, whiskers twitching, looking here and there, investigating something new at every turn.
When I was at high school, my best friend had an aunt who was the epitomy of a “curious person”. She was fascinated about everything and everyone. If you mentioned what you did for a job, she wanted to hear all about it. She would sit, looking you right in your eyes, absorbed in your story, and she appeared to be quite genuine in her interest. To see someone sustain a curiousity level such as that was, OK, kind of creepy at the time, but just imagine the colourful world that must have existed inside her brain!
What I did admire, about this curious aunt, was how she found things interesting at a level above the norm. I wondered if I could be a happy, pro-active knowledge-sponge like her.
My feeling is that we can all learn to nurture curiousity by:
- learning to open our eyes and closely observe what goes on around us
- caring enough about other people to scratch below surface knowledge
- cultivating the desire to learn new things
- asking questions in a genuine manner
- listening to the answers
- remembering the details to reuse later
Still, there will be no profit in this exercise unless you can do something constructive with the information you absorb. For me, as I build up my curiousity levels and want to see more/hear more/learn more my world starts to expand and life’s details become richer.
You never know, as a by-product of your quest for curiousity you may just meet people who you can help…or who can help you in turn. Bonus!