I was just reading a great book, and laughed out loud — with surprise and delight — when I read this line:
“… but then, curiosity seizes me: How is it possible ...”
Say it to yourself again. “But then, curiosity seizes me!” Isn’t that a remarkable thought — to be seized by curiosity? Lots of images of curiosity seizing me flooded my mind — images of what it might look like in reality, and what it might look like with curiosity anthropomorphized! At first I just chuckled and thought, ” I love that!”
But then, struck by the power and pleasure that comes when one is seized by curiosity, I thought. “Geez, how often do I make space for curiosity in my life, and in my classroom?”
So much is wound up with curiosity:
- being immersed
- a beginner’s mind
I like it all — curiosity and all of its richness, needs, characteristics, and possible outcomes.
I want more of it — in my life, and in my classroom!
I love it when you’re reading and a phrase you love just jumps out at you. That certainly is a good one.
Molly – was just thinking about curiosity as being the thing that saves me and keeps me going. When I think I’m just too tired, too irritated, too bereft of inspiration – I will read something or see something or hear something that will catch my imagination, and I want to know why? how? when? where? what? And curiosity sweeps me off in a wonderful direction and changes my mood to one of hope and creativity. Thanks for reminding me just how important curiosity is in EVERYONE’S life!
My pleasure! I love the depth of dry-ness in the idea of being “bereft of inspiration” — and then the possible wealth and glorious ocean of inspiration that follows curiosity! 🙂