“Curiosity is our friend that teaches us how to become ourselves. And it’s a very gentle friend and a very forgiving friend, and a very constant one.”

Elizabeth Gilbert


See the Beauty: Curiosity


In our house, we often remind each other to be curious not judgmental — a line attributed to Walt Whitman and made even more famous by the great contemplative, Ted Lasso.

But it’s more than a mantra, chant, or hymn. It’s a formation. A rule of life. A pulse beating behind the day.

And here’s how curiosity looks to me.

. . .


listening before speaking

opening not closing

trying over shying

feeling above fixing

making through breaking

evolution over perpetuation

sitting before standing

meeting not hiding

hoping through worrying

contemplating before contradicting

coming not leaving

resting between rushing

learning above knowing

noticing not neglecting

loving against hating

reaching not refusing

waiting before rushing

silence over sound

fantasy next to reality

entering not departing

whispering instead of yelling

giving above taking

asking before assuming

bowing not boasting

healing instead of hurting

surrendering over seizing

absorbing not ignoring

praying before complaining

helping over hindering

looking not overlooking

playing beside working

becoming not arriving


. . .

So now I’m curious what curiosity looks like to you?


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