Is Curiosity the Mental Fountain of Youth?
This morning I was thinking about the magic of curiosity. Merriam-Webster says it’s the desire to know.
The desire to know comes from the place of not having or knowing all the answers. A willingness to have an open mind, to ask questions, and the excitement of learning something new. And in doing so you automatically forsake some of the comforts of judgement or prior knowledge.
I’ve learned to keep curiosity is in the forefront of my mind, especially when I’m coaching. An inquisitive mind enables me abandon my own way of thinking, and allows me to ask thoughtful questions, which lead to inspired thinking on behalf of my clients.
Children have it in abundance. Animals have it until they learn otherwise (like these seal pups – this photo was taken from my trip to the Galapagos. As I stood completely still, they were so curious that they came within inches of me).
I love how the eloquent Diane Sawyer (on OWN’s Master Class) encourages us to “wake up curious and wake up determined to try to get an answer.”
Being open to possibility, wanting to know, asking the right questions and having the desire to learn and grow. We have all met people with that “je ne sais quoi” that makes them sparkle and shine.
Yes, I definitely think that curiosity is one of the keys to the mental fountain of youth.