On my desk I have a little bowl filled with sea glass. I spend time taking the pieces out and examining them. Sorting, arranging, putting them into groups according to size, shape, then colour. Holding each one in my hand and feeling the surfaces. Examining them for their unique qualities, marks, cracks, histories. Holding them up to the light, trying to look through them.
This one has a place that fits my thumb perfectly. This one has the slightest tint of robin-egg blue. This one still holds some of the shape of the original bottle it came from. I ponder how all these pieces ended up in the ocean. What journey have they been on? How many hands touched them before mine? What different kinds of sounds can I make with them? Do they have a taste? (Don’t worry I haven’t been tempted, especially not after I thought about who else has touched them!) There are things that I will never know about them. But there are things I can uncover. I develop my own expertise as I go and understand it is based on my own personal observations.
Curiosity is the desire to learn, to understand new things, and to know how they work. Curiosity is the expression of the urge to learn and acquire facts and knowledge. It widens the mind and opens it to different opinions, different lifestyles, cultures and different topics.
Curious people ask questions, read and explore. They are active about seeking information or experience, and are willing to meet challenges and to broaden their horizons. Curiosity is important for excelling in any job and doing it better, because you ask questions, learn from others, and look for ways to do your job better. The mind of curious people is active. They want to know and to understand. This puts them in a better position to learn a task and do it better and more creatively, unlike a person who lacks curiosity.
When curious people fail, they analyse their failure, because they are keen on knowing the reasons, so they can do better the next time. This increases their chances for success.
Curiosity is an important ingredient of the process of learning at every age. Children at school need it and so do students and people in every job. Its possession awakens interest, motivation and a feeling of being alive.
2022 is an invitation to be curious. To explore new possibilities, ask questions and search for answers! Be curious and discover.