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  1. Malag

    I’ve always had a “I wonder what happens if” mind. What happens if I press this button, find out about that thing. I’ll often try out new things because I can and because it’s fresh. Ultimately I get to grow differently than if I didn’t and I feel younger and fresher. And then there’s the stuff I wonder about and don’t do: some of it I will definitely not do – unsafe for me or outright foolhardy; others I might like to take on with a dose of courage. 

    3 years ago
  2. O.Christina

    Widening perspective through exploring what life offers just right now feels like being gifted with opportunity every moment. Meeting the moment with eyes and heart wide open, curiosity transforms apprehension into a grateful “yes” to life and enters the door to the unknown with excitement and joy. There is a song by Mike Scott, which comes to mind. Thank you again for this question, dear Gratefulness-Team.
    Open

    Open to the world
    Open to spirit
    Open to the changing wind
    Open to touch
    Open to nature
    Open to the world within
    Open to change
    Open to adventure
    Open to the new
    Open to love
    Open to miracles
    Open Beloved to YouOpen to learn
    Open to laughter
    Open to being blessed
    Open to joy
    Open to service
    Open to saying “Yes!”
    Open to risk
    Open to passion
    To peace and silence too
    Open to love
    Open to beauty
    Open Beloved to You

    3 years ago
  3. Hot Sauce

    Years ago, I went through a spiritual crisis where I had questions about some of the scary passages in the Bible. While it wasn’t pleasant at the time, the questions I had eventually led me to learn all about world religions, science, psychology, philosophy, spirituality, political sociology, and various other matters. I have gained a great deal of knowledge and wisdom since I had that struggle because of where my questions led me.

    3 years ago
  4. L
    Loris

    Well funnily enough, my curiosity lead me to this page here. I usually engage in the gratitude practice but thought I’d check out this daily question. It was touching to read some of the entries made here. Thank you to everyone for sharing.

    3 years ago
  5. Melissa

    Curiosity always feels so good. Exploring a hunch or finding a frog or looking for a falling star.

    3 years ago
  6. s
    sb

    All the time! I am always curious about nature and that leads not only to interesting knowledge but often some lovely engagement with others. I am always curious about what I come across – words and their meaning/derivation; science; how a story ends; what would happen if…I derive a lot pf pleasure from the finding out and from sharing knowledge with others, all of us learning together.
    Taking after my Dad, when I’m out, I always want to know what is around the next corner, which has led to some amazing discoveries – abandoned stately homes, wildlife, beautiful views, interesting people..
    Curiosity has also led us to try new recipes and new foods and, as I just love my food, I always benefit from that!
    Curiosity has led to me enhancing my faith and, I must finish with everyone here. I am always curious to see what everyone has written and that often sparks new ideas, new thoughts, reminds me to focus on the positive, puts things in perspective….and I always feel better afterwards.

    3 years ago
  7. Don Jones

    Profoundly, by following the question, “Who am I?”

    3 years ago
  8. Debra

    Usually an exceedingly fulfilling experience. I think back on moving to LA ‘sight unseen’.

    3 years ago
  9. DeVonna

    Most every time! My curiosity has lead to growth, always. Even if the results of my curiosity are not what I would like, I have grown as a person.

    When I was in eighth grade, I was home alone, doing the family’s laundry (as usual) when I came across a bundle of letters in my father’s dresser drawer. There were about 20 or so letters, all addressed to him, but what attracted my attention, besides the beautifully handwritten script, was the addressee. The letters were from my Mother! I was never allowed to ask about her and I had no memories of her, so…I sat down and read them. Every. Last. One.
    The letters were confusing, they referred to people and places with which I was not familiar but…in one letter she referred to her pregnancy. I looked at the post stamp on the letter. It was written the summer of 1963. My Mother was talking about me! She was pregnant with me as she wrote these very letters I held in my hand! I was stunned…I’d never been so close to her. I continued reading, greedily now, wanting so desperately to know her. Well, by the time I’d finished the stack, I leaned back stunned. My father, the man who I’d called, Daddy, for the past 14 years, was NOT my biological father. Suddenly, so many things began to make sense. Why I was NOT the favored, the simmering resentments toward me, the MANY times I was sent away… I wasn’t HIS!! Relief and exhaustion flooded my body. It wasn’t ME…I wasn’t the problem…It was that HE WAS NOT MY FATHER. No wonder I was treated like I was disposable and the terrible daughter, the one who hated him and cussed him out on a regular basis and beat me mercilessly…SHE WAS NOT MY SISTER. I can not explain the release this information gave me. I wrapped the letters up and put them back and waited. My “dad” got home hours later. I sat on the couch and just watched him, with new eyes. Finally, he asked, “What’s wrong with you?”

    “I know,” I said and watched him as the realization dawned. “I know.”

    3 years ago
  10. Mica

    Quite regularly – often on things like, What will it look like if I sew these pieces of fabric together for part of a quilt top? or, yesterday, Why is my new rose plant looking so unhappy in spite of having enough water? [mold on the outside of the dirt!]

    3 years ago
  11. pkr

    My curiosity is what keeps me going everyday. My curious nature has added so much joy, fun, beauty and delight to my life. I feel blessed to be curious about so much. Happy Saturday All. 🌷

    3 years ago
  12. Pilgrim

    When a colleague suggested that I pursue a master’s degree from the seminary. It took a long time to finish the degree – I had daughters at home and was also working. I benefited from the learning and conversations, in particular from women professors, and received my degree on the same day that my younger daughter received her bachelor’s degree from a different college. (I attended her celebration!)

    3 years ago
    1. Mica

      And you attended your celebration, too? Congrats, Pilgrim – 💐 🌸 🌺 🌹

      3 years ago
      1. Pilgrim

        Thank you, Mica. The timing couldn’t work on the day of commencement. But I was celebrated on other days by those most important to me – my family, friends and co-workers, with various gatherings.

        3 years ago
        1. Mica

          Yes, Pilgrim, that’s a good priority. I remember it was Student of the Month day on my 40th birthday, and I chose not to go see my son get his award in elementary school. But it was what I needed to do, and he got awards every year.

          3 years ago
  13. sunnypatti48317

    When I was in college, laying on the beach with my friends, watching some guys we know surf… I remember thinking how fun surfing looked and how boring it was just laying there on the sand all day. I asked a friend if I could try his board, and 25 years later, here I am – a surfer! Learning to surf introduced me to an even bigger love of the ocean and a great community of diverse people with a common love of the waves. I ended up running surf events, participating in surf-related events and beach cleanups, learning about the physics of waves, the strength of the ocean, and found a better relationship with the Universe right there in the water.

    Curiosity has been a good friend to me!

    3 years ago
    1. Mica

      Wow, sunnypatti – I was impressed just with the 🏄‍♀️ 🏄‍♂️ 🏄 surfing – and all the other things, even physics – wow!

      3 years ago
  14. Toni

    I had an unusual pain in my scapular years ago which turned into a frozen shoulder. I tried western medicine and found it wanting. Wanting to do surgery on my shoulder. That was not an option for me until I exhausted all other options. Physical therapy gave some relief and the pain medication helped but the range of motion did not change. So I went to an acupuncturist who didn’t speak English and after a few months of two to three times a week along with herbs. I had full range of motion and felt really good mentally since I also suffer from depression. As a result I became an acupuncturist due to my curiosity. It still interests me although I gave up my practice during the pandemic. I went to a seminar to see if it would prompt me to practice again. I’m not sure. I have to work on myself because depression is a daily struggle at the moment and I need to focus on me. I don’t know what the future holds and if there is another turn in the road right now I’m just happy I got out of bed. I have let go of many people places and things and await a new beginning with more joy and contentment. I’m curious to see what’s next.

    3 years ago
    1. Holly in Ohio

      That’s wonderful, Toni.

      3 years ago
  15. Christine

    Unfortunately it has been recent events such as the massacre a week ago in Indianapolis & before that Atlanta, Minneapolis, etc., etc. that compelled me to better understand my brothers & sisters in this world. By learning more about different cultures & religions it helps me to become closer & join them in grief & love. My curiosity is leading me to find ways to show up & support the earth family that we ALL belong to.

    3 years ago
  16. Maeve

    two new activities recently in following my curiosity: My online Zoom class the other night with a local bird expert! My signing up for a local hiking meetup up with energetic, fun people. Both have given me a mental and emotional boost.

    I am now going for a morning walk down by the Charles River. Maybe I will see some interesting birds I have not yet seen.

    All the small and larger activities I try are motivated by curiosity really.

    3 years ago
  17. Holly in Ohio

    Curiosity has been my companion my whole life. It has led me to learn about a wide manner of things. It has helped me to explore and enjoy different cultures and different perspectives. It introduced me to its sister – Science – and together we explore what is fact and what is assumption. Curiosity taught me many skills, too. Curiosity is a daily joy for me. I am constantly looking up things, or randomly exploring.

    3 years ago
    1. Mica

      Curiosity and its sister, Science – thank you Holly in Ohio –

      3 years ago
  18. Trish

    I became curious about plant-based eating after my son made the decision to completely change his diet in hopes that it would relieve some depression (which had aided in some relief.) This lifestyle has allowed me to experiment w/ foods I’ve never touched, enhanced my vitality & brought me closer to the earth. My ex-husband followed suit and went of all medications. I learn more about its impact on the body, mind, and soul which is fascinating!!

    3 years ago
  19. devy

    something to ponder..

    3 years ago
  20. Michele

    Great question, it immediately made me smile. Right now I cannot think of anything specific but curiosity can make you try new things. Maybe visiting a new place, trying a new food, traveling a different way. I’ll definitely think about this question throughout my day.

    3 years ago
  21. SK

    I have met the most amazing people and seen the most amazing sights and had the most fun.

    3 years ago
  22. EJP

    My curiosity into the unknown resulting from the pandemic has created an amazing adventure in this new season of my life.

    3 years ago
  23. Howie Geib

    My curiosity about what it means to have a spiritual life led to a whole new level of consciousness. My wondering how I could live more in alignment with my values has brought me to a grounded sense of belonging in the world as opposed to imposing on it. I find the Spirit is often behind this prompting and wonder, and my willingness to follow the thread leads to wholeness. I always found the Bible story of the pool at the temple that people waited by the side for the surface to be ‘troubled’ very much about this dynamic. When it happens…leap in.

    3 years ago
  24. Kevin

    Over fifty years ago I decided to leave the religion of my birth and family and go church shopping. Forty-five years ago, I walked into a Friend’s meetinghouse, and never left. I immediately knew that I had found my spiritual home.

    3 years ago
  25. Antoinette

    Right now I’m benefiting from letting go of things that no longer serve myself or the world. My curiosity has lead me to the spiritual path and reminded me to wake up to love and truth.

    3 years ago

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