“Curiosity killed the cat, but satisfaction brought it back.” That’s the saying, right? I’m not sure what to make of the sentiment when we add the rejoinder. Perhaps it has something to do with the mythical nine lives of cats. They take risks because they can. Maybe… As a human without the benefits of nine lives and an admiration for curiosity, I’m focusing on living and thinking with intention these days. That means that I get curious.
I gave a talk last weekend about mindfulness, mindlessness, and curiosity to an amazing group of professionals from around the country. As always, I left with new ideas and questions.
Data suggest that mindful people, people who notice things around them, take a nuanced approach to the context around them, think creatively, and care for their brains like the super machine that it are, exhibit more productivity, innovation and leadership skills, and less prejudice, burnout, and stress. These traits also connect with the physical benefits of living a less stressful and more engaged life.
Mindless looks like autopilot. It’s a narrow focus without the contextual big picture. It’s the absence of possibility. And, it’s not always evident because we’re up to our ears in it. What’s the solution? Get curious!
Curiosity frames much of my intellectual work and it informs my approach to an engaged, feminist life.
Curiosity is noticing my feelings and wondering when I’ve felt that way in the past.
Curiosity is asking questions instead of hurling criticisms at myself and others.
Curiosity is wondering what perspectives I’ve been missing and how I can learn about them.
Curiosity is noticing cognitive bias.
Curiosity is working a smarter version of myself on a daily basis.
And, curiosity is possibility.
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