The Benefits of Curiosity

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Guest Blogger: Rick Wamer

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December 21, 2018 // Nick Feldman

 

Think about this!

Curiosity drives discovery, innovation and invention.

Curiosity motivates inquiry, exploration, and engagement.

Curiosity immerses one into creative flow.

 

It has the power to inspire the development of human space travel and exploration, the landing of a 300 million mile traveling craft upon Mars, the creation of smart devices, or an understanding of the aerodynamics and beauty of a hummingbird’s flight. Curiosity draws intrigue and interest in the pursuit of the unknown. Curiosity fixes personal investment and a pension for emotional satisfaction to learning. Curiosity is core to our human origins.

 

We arrive with curiosity in place, serving our learning and growth from the very beginning. As we observe infants moving through their first few years, we see evidence of our natural inquisitiveness about our world, the way things work, how we work. We naturally follow curiosity inspired inquiry in the pursuit of satisfying a desire to know, to discover, to learn. We explore tasting, touching, smelling, seeing, and listening to gain new experiences and knowing.  

There is a hazard: curiosity can be hampered and even utterly destroyed by life experiences before we reach the challenges of puberty.  

 

Curiosity is fragile and requires our ever present attendance and nurturing, especially among our youth.  

 

Without role models of significant people in our lives, mentors modeling the pathway of learning inspired by unbound curiosity, we may lose our natural capacity for wonder, the free expression of our delight and gratification in newfound discoveries. It is this modeling of keeping engaged in curiosity, following the flow of inquiry that is at the foundation of service to our youth that leads to creative and innovative adults.

 

Curiosity is something we are born with.  

 

It creates a natural drive toward discovery and knowledge that can lead to a truly contributive life within society. It inspires full engagement of the whole self, body, heart and mind. When cultivated and encouraged throughout life…

curiosity inspires learning, innovation, creativity,     invention, and civic engagement.

curiosity inspires self-awareness and self-knowledge.

curiosity draws us into relationship with others,                 our world and human industry.

 

Most of all, it can lead to understanding Oneself and Other, opening us up to an experience of empathy and the possibilities for compassion.  

Curiosity needs to be nurtured.

 

How do you nurture curiosity in yourself, our youth, others?  Think about it…and stay curious!

 

Embrace discovery,

Rick

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