“Curiosity killed the cat.”
What the heck? So, we shouldn’t be curious because it killed a cat? Just one cat? Is that why they need nine lives? Well, I’m not buying it.
In looking at people I have known who lived long, happy lives, curiosity seemed to play a big part in their longevity. My Grandma lived to be 94 and had her own apartment until the end. A few months before she died, she wrote me about a new bus route she had taken. (She never learned to drive…not curious enough about it, I guess.) The bus took her to an area she had never seen before which she found so exciting. Then at the end of the route, she had an hour wait until she could catch the next bus home. For an hour she sat on a bench and watched the people. That was it. No newspaper or book, and certainly not a cell phone to stare at. She found people watching incredibly entertaining. And she wasn’t shy to speak to them either
My Dad lived a pretty long life, and he was always curious about World War 2 Naval history to a fault. His house was brimming with ship models! (He gutted an old TV cabinet and filled it with ships! They were piled up in my old aquarium!) When the neighbors moved their house out of the neighborhood, Dad was there taking pictures, intrigued how this could be done.
Curiosity is good. I also think it’s exceedingly good to be curious about people. People are so interesting! And they generally like to talk about themselves so it’s easy to learn what makes them tick, so to speak. Everyone has a unique story if they trust you and you can get them to tell it.
I am at heart, a shy and quiet person, but I didn’t want to be that way once I was in college. I wanted to get outside of myself and not be afraid to talk to people. With help in all sorts of ways, I slowly learned how to be more outgoing. Being curious about people and what I could do for them was more important than my shyness, and brought a lot of change to my life.
The superlative all-time curiosity book is the Bible. The Word of God is a lifetime resource for the curious because we can never know it all. And the parts we think we know, we’ll read again and see from a different perspective. I remember the Word of God being described as a diamond because it’s multifaceted. It shines brilliantly from any angle. You can read it for enjoyment. You can read it with a certain topic in mind. You can study a certain word, the grammar, the figures of speech, the orientalisms. So many angles. The perfection of it is amazing and will fill those who hunger and thirst with exactly what they need. Now that’s something worth being curious about!
I’d love it if you’d email me with something about yourself that I don’t know. I’m curious about my subscribers! I’ll try and send you something about me, too!
Let’s stay curious together.