Curiosity stems from the Latin curiosus: careful, diligent, or inquisitive. This is the same root for care and careful which implies an intention in curiosity, a sense of purpose about it. As the word moved into old French and middle English it took on qualities of eager to know (often in a bad sense), solicitous, anxious, inquisitive, odd, strange.
Our work is not to change what you do, but to witness what you do with enough awareness, enough curiosity, enough tenderness that the lies and old decisions upon which the compulsion is based become apparent and fall away.
Maybe answers are just resting places on the way to better questions.
I have no special talent. I am just passionately curious.
Leonardo da Vinci was undoubtedly the most curious man who ever lived… He wouldn’t take Yes for an answer.
We can lean into worry’s opposite – curiosity. As Rabbi Marcia Prager teaches, where worry says, “oh no, what is going to happen?” curiosity says “oh wow! I wonder what will happen!”
~Rev. Kimberley Debus
[People] go abroad to wonder at the heights of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of the rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motions of the stars, and they pass by themselves without wondering.
Everyone and everything around you is your teacher.
Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood.
To learn is to live.
In the mind of the beginner there are many possibilities, in the mind of the expert there are few.
(Curated and adapted for KUF from the 2019 Soul Matters materials for the theme ‘CURIOSITY’ by Rev. Beckett Coppola.)