Curiosity a Potent Force
Enjoying the annual holiday season leads to curiosity. Curiosity can lead us to think about improving our situation.
Curiosity about blind spots. Areas for improvement, a renewed approach to important aspects of our lives. For instance, to be a better parent, colleague or friend.
With the benefit of hard-won reflection time. Curiosity about finding better ways to work and live. Perhaps curiosity about how we can further help others.
Which leads to the question are we Stuck in Cycles? Many believe and express that resolutions are inevitable failures. Perhaps stuck. Stuck in routines and habits, especially behavioural ones. Restricting ourselves to repeat past actions or behaviours.
I very much enjoy the Drum Tower podcast by the Economist, as it shares the development of lives of people in Mainland China. Recently they explored the mass migration of the urban people to the countryside homes.
The journalists were out speaking to many who were trying to break a cycle so far as the need to work in factories 12 hours a day and the desire for something better for their children.
Exploring the pressure to fund further education in order to create a better life. Not wanting their children to bear the same production line existence away from their greater family.
Curiosity can be powerful, leading us into developing new perspectives, new ideas and into trying new things. Maybe like investing in shares. Or pursuing study to develop our awareness and understanding of a new subject matter.
Like imagining a new career and taking steps towards the experience and qualifications to make the leap.
Curiosity then can change our attitudes towards risks. Making us think of risk vs reward and the path of self-improvement and or broader horizons.
As we emerge from our Pandemic bunkers of 2020–22, my sense was that taking risks in humoring our curiosity was increasingly on the cards.
Can curiosity help you in your life?