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  1. M
    Mike

    Oddly enough, I need a command from Jesus to get curious and stay curious: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Otherwise, I’m far too content to stay in my own head, preoccupied with my disengaged and ungrounded speculations about the world and the people in it. The command, at least, gives me a goal toward which which I might apply myself, and the impetus to gather the information required to pursue it.

    3 years ago
  2. O.Christina

    currently, I don´t know. Hope to be able to reply to it later. A lovely weekend to all.

    3 years ago
  3. Malag

    Following my curiosity is a feed back loop for me. Curiosity is my constant companion because I’ve followed it so many times and grown as result. I try lots of things and go down many rabbit holes. I hope on my death bed (if I’m fortunate to have one) that my companion is still there right when I shed this mortal coil an event itself that is a pretty curious one I have to admit. 

    3 years ago
  4. V
    Val DeBruno

    Wanting to know. Curiousity keeps me curious.

    3 years ago
  5. Don Jones

    Not wanting to die wondering. Looking at the words on the screen, they are so flat. It is about the agonizing burning to know the full depth and dimension of this happening. And oh, the paradoxes… the desperate loneliness yet all inclusiveness at the same time, the not needing anything, yet still wanting. Those whispers at the edge of my hearing and glimpses at the periphery of my vision, the deafening noise of the quiet. The taps on the shoulder in the still of night. What is this all about? Haha.

    3 years ago
  6. expati

    I am confused about this question. I don’t consider gaps in curiosity. It’s a life time quality. I do get sidetracked sometimes into anger when it might be better to be curious instead.

    3 years ago
  7. Linda

    I read much less of the news online now, and I read interesting articles and look at websites that teach me new things.

    3 years ago
  8. L
    Lauryn

    Travel. Reading. Asking questions. Changing things up. Moving. Trying new foods. Slowing down….

    3 years ago
  9. Mica

    Not being tired

    3 years ago
  10. J
    JDS

    I love this question ♥️
    Staying open to expanding my mind to everything !
    There is so much all around us it almost becomes overwhelming but in a good way …
    It’s fabulous!

    3 years ago
  11. Toni

    When I don’t get bogged down with my thoughts.

    3 years ago
  12. Ed Schulte

    so-called “Modern Humans”

    To-days ‘Word of the Day’ is a good working example

    The truth is rarely pure and never simple.
    OSCAR WILDE

    How PRAY TELL please Oscar! ….could Truth not be “pure and never simple”.

    The reason for such a statement can only be…..it is seen through the eyes of a very confused intellect. Living proof that so-called “Modern Man” is caught up in Intellectual ego-ism and lives, at best, 10% consciously and 90% sub-consciously ( meaning they have very little awareness of what is going on in the environment around them and even less, how they are directly influencing that environment.

    To paraphrase an often quoted statement of a First Nations leader one Hundred years ago, “We don’t understand what you white people what …….but we certainly see the fear in yours eyes”

    3 years ago
    1. Toni

      Thank God for Greta! She see’s and through the eyes of a child we stand a chance at least I hope so.

      3 years ago
      1. Ed Schulte

        I have to respectfully disagree with you there Toni, I worked in the field of Consulting Engineering which was tasked with applying Environmental improvement projects BUT we were are Hand tied by Regulations that hindered getting what needed to be done thanks to “good intensions” of “Environmentalist organization”. The young person * or rather the organization around her which is collection Large sums of $ using her as a mascot ) was caught red handed last year when they posted a picture of her sitting on her luggage while returning to Sweden on the German Railways system. The Railway responded by asking, “why are you pretending to be poor …when you and your entourage have “First Class” tickets” ? They never replied.

        If there is anything “good” coming out of the COVID-19 global experience it is ……What the Media and Politicians present is always distorted to suit their understanding and personal objectives ….the Truth is ….that seldom improves the situation. if there is Good to occur it must come first and foremost from Right Observation and Right Intension and Right action of EACH individual …not a “good intensions” of inept organizations

        3 years ago
  13. Debra

    My child-like spirit.

    3 years ago
  14. Cathie

    The desire for learning – learning about the world, myself, Ultimate Reality, relationships, and so much more. I think when you stop wanting to learn, you stop being curious.

    3 years ago
  15. Patricia

    I think I was born inquisitive… Interested in things, but then that interest was fed by a great-grandmother with whom we lived. I sat in my little chair next to hers as she told me stories and took me on verbal trips, describing what we were seeing. The “big” trip was going to Idaho (!) which was about the farthest she had traveled herself…. From then on, I always loved maps and traveling and learning about people and places.

    3 years ago
  16. Mike S

    Paying attention. Noticing the idiosyncratic, whether that’s something of the material world or in a person. Non+ordinary phenomenon catch my attention.

    3 years ago
  17. Butterfly

    Nature and people. Both are endlessly fascinating!

    3 years ago
  18. SK

    The very idea that I could learn something new- meet someone interesting; share my story to help another; see some incredibly fantastic place I’ve never seen before over and over and over again. If I am breathing, I am curious.

    3 years ago
  19. Pollyanna Gladwell

    Hubs… and hubs within hubs… and hubs within those hubs… ad infinitum.

    There is no end to knowledge. I give thanks every day for the internet.

    3 years ago
    1. Mica

      Hubs, Pollyanna Gladwell?

      3 years ago
      1. Pollyanna Gladwell

        Thanks for asking for the clarification Mica. I guess it was a bit abstruse… you’d have to be in my head to understand without elaboration!

        So… I was reflecting on today’s question while I was plugging something into one of the hubs on my desk that connect computers, a monitor, my phone etc and I was thinking about the word “hub”, which didn’t have the meaning of being a hardware connecting device not so many years ago, and I got to a hub being the centre of a wheel, and how the spokes go out in many directions. Or a focal point (hub)of interest that leads to a new hub of interest and the different directions that takes me – to a new hub etc etc etc. And that’s why I love the internet and that helps me stay curious!

        And I think about my place on the planet, with myself as a hub with the focal point under my feet. From there I can pivot and look 360 degrees around me to all those possible horizons. And if I choose to move to another spot, I am standing on a different point and can have a new 360 degrees of horizons. And so I get to us all being People of the Sun and the glyph for that in astrology ⨀ That’s me in the middle being a hub!

        Blessings, Mica. 🙏

        3 years ago
        1. Mica

          Thank you, Pollyanna Gladwell. Isn’t the internet wonderful?!

          3 years ago
  20. Carol

    I tend to stay reflective but not curious. Observant so as to see but not seek. I try to live my questions instead of waiting for answers. I pray for wisdom in all situations and for the ability to respond not react to life. This question reminds me of John Michael Talbot’s recording of The St. Theresa Prayer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CKKALl6kv1U and a quote from The Little Flower: https://i.etsystatic.com/6435290/r/il/7fe483/1915374409/il_1588xN.1915374409_11h7.jpg

    3 years ago
    1. Toni

      Hi Carol, Since you know about St. Theresa and how she answers with roses I’d like to share an experience I had with her. My mother had lung cancer and I prayed for through St. Theresa to be cured and thought she got the answer from God as no. That same day when I thought that I found a pair of Armani gloves with red roses on them. I called my mother to tell her and at that very moment the fragrance of roses filled her house. My sister was there as well. She went to the doctor and he said there was no trace of cancer. Of course he thought she was in remission. I thought otherwise. She succumbed to his request for further chemo in case there were lingering cells in her brain and that killed her. I knew in my heart she didn’t need any more chemo but I could not convince her. There are forces beyond our control that do intercede for us if we have the faith. I am fully convinced of that and of the benefit of practicing “the little way”. I love all the St. Teresa’s! Terese of Avilla is my new favorite. I still have a ways to go to with Entering the Castle by Mirabai Starr and the other version by Caroline Myss. I start and stop with that one. It is very heavy. I’m more interested in the Castle and will explore it with my spiritual director soon when we get to meet face to face.

      3 years ago
      1. Carol

        Hi Toni, Thanks for sharing such a personal story. I too love the Teresas and I too believe there are forces beyond our control that do intercede for us. I’ve personally experienced them and have felt privileged to do so. As for your Mom and your sister experiencing the scent of the roses, I have had another friend share a similar story. You have read some of Carolyn Myss’ works.Her book “Anatomy of the Spirit” influenced my journey significantly. I think it may have been the first book she wrote and I read it about 25 years ago! She was still working as a medical intuitive in those days. When I started reading that book, I couldn’t put it down!

        3 years ago
      2. Mica

        Yes! Teresa of Avilla! I used to read her writings.

        3 years ago
  21. sunnypatti48317

    The sun rising and setting… same for the moon. The tide coming in and out. Birds flying. Airplanes. Technology. Magical connections. Happy faces. Sad faces. Our dog and cat. Our garden. Weeding the garden and yard (what an intricate system under the dirt!). I could go on! There are so many things happening around me that I can’t help but be curious about. It’s really a fun and interesting life, and I want to soak it all up!

    3 years ago
  22. Trish

    The world is filled with a zillion things I know nothing about! If I peer under one rock it leads me to dig deeper & encounter all kinds of mysteries.

    Reading often leads me to new avenues, introducing me to new people, ideas & philosophies. I’ve learned amazing things from reading posts on this site…..

    I want to continue my rich life & curiosity helps to feed that.

    3 years ago
  23. devy

    Having an open mind as mentioned keeps my curiosity going. When I see someone or something that I don’t understand or agree wth, I take time to question why they are that way, investigate and think out my findings. That way I have a better understand of the reasons why things be a certain way and end up being less judgemental.

    3 years ago
  24. C
    Clare

    I was born curious and at 53 I can drive my husband nuts like a 4 year old with all the why’s on a project we’re currently working on. For me the best thing the internet has given me is google. And really is there anything better than a great documentary? But being out there experiencing new things, places, meeting people can’t be beat. I recently went to Costa Rica and was so overwhelmed by the wildness of it that I think it’s going to be my next home. I could spend the rest of my life exploring it. How incredibly exciting!

    3 years ago
  25. Michele

    For me, I am always curious about many things. It’s in my character to ask and wonder about many things.

    3 years ago
  26. Dusty Su

    Gosh, what helps me not be so curious (?) is more the question!

    3 years ago
    1. Trish

      Yesssss!

      3 years ago
  27. Kevin

    Our seven grandchildren help me to stay curious…and to be frequently out of breath!

    3 years ago
    1. Dusty Su

      Ha, ha, as it goes…

      3 years ago
  28. Howie Geib

    There is just so much I don’t know. I am old enough to have grown up with the full Encyclopedia Britannica and as a child I used to randomly pick a volume and open it and just read in a kind of humbled stupor at how much there is to know and how little faith I had in my being able to ever learn and retain much of it. So the simple awareness of my lack of knowledge is the engine I suppose. I find myself fairly regularly in situations where I am utterly lost and so, bit by bit, out of necessity, have to figure it out. In my case ignorance is not bliss.

    3 years ago
    1. Patricia

      I wonder how many of us on this thread grew up in homes where parents invested (and for mine, it was definitely that…) in a set of encyclopedias….

      3 years ago
    2. C
      Clare

      Hi Howie,
      I thought you’d kick out my encyclopedia story. We had very little growing up but my grandpa knew education was very important so he bought my prized Funk & Wagonalls ( couldn’t get that fancy encyclopedia Británica 🙂 from the grocery store that let you purchase one a month. I would read that volume like I was handed the keys to the kingdom. Great memories and good lesson on patience.

      3 years ago
      1. Howie Geib

        LOVE that! My Dad was a stickler…whenever we asked him a question he would give us a look and nod in the direction of the bookcase…

        3 years ago
    3. Kevin

      Hey Howie, my Quaker Meeting puts on what we are told is the largest used book sale in New England every year (40-50K total). Even though we state that we no longer can accept donations of sets of encyclopedias, dozens arrive each year including the Britannica. Let me know if you’re feeling nostalgic, and I ship you down a case, or two, or three! Ha!

      Seriously though, even though we can find what we need to know in spades and in half the time by going online, we have truly lost something by passing up the old hardcopy of knowledge. As we sort through donations throughout the year, a few of us admit to enjoying grabbing a three pound volume of a section of the alphabet, and start reading through the pages. Talk about “knowledge in hand!”

      3 years ago
      1. Howie Geib

        OMG book sales are the best! The google is amazing and has transformed research for me in so may good ways I try not to be too judgmental…There is something about the organized nature of an encyclopedia…same with atlases…I so prefer them to Mapquest…I can see relatedness and proximities…and new frontiers to get curious about.

        3 years ago
  29. Antoinette

    Having an open mind seems like a good starting point a mind that doesn’t lock down on opinions and self righteousness. Letting go is in a way a bit curious because it is a place where we don’t think we have to come to a conclusion.

    3 years ago
    1. Butterfly

      Very insightful, Antoinette. Thank you 😊

      3 years ago
    2. Howie Geib

      Yes…that is a nuance I hadn’t considered…letting go of needing an immediate answer…sitting with the question. Thanks Antoinette! And good morning!

      3 years ago

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