"The manner in which we live and what we become are the result of our choices" Gerald Corey
What would life be like if we started that business, that class, or let go of that old, stagnant relationship? One must decide what one's goals are and chase after them without hesitation. One has to make decisions, choosing at times to alter their lives in order to reach their desires which requires creativity. When inquisitiveness and creativity fail us, embracing unfamiliar circumstances and opportunities becomes overwhelming and we often freeze. In this case our decision making becomes like stale bread, worse even; stale bread can be made into bread crumbs; frozen decision making becomes more like stagnant water, breeding mosquitos or parasites! Without imagination as guidance, life becomes an exhausting cycle of "I don't know" or "I don't care." One becomes dull with no new ideas with little to talk about or share. Group thinking sets in, everyone agrees with each other and people lose their individuality, creating a homogeneous society. Curiosity opens our minds to possibilities and the willingness to take a chance(s) on ourselves. With curiosity, one's ideas may prove untrue, though failure should not be feared because it is not fatal, only a growth opportunity. Curiosity is said to activate the dopamine in our brains, which is the happy chemical. Who wouldn't like to be a little happier? In addition to boosting happiness, curiosity helps us learn. Why? Because it adds value to what we are learning and signals our hippocampus, the area in our brain associated with memory. I challenge us all to become curious about one thing today and see if we don't feel just a little more invigorated and sharper then we have in awhile.
“The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existence. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery each day.
—"Old Man's Advice to Youth: 'Never Lose a Holy Curiosity.'" LIFE Magazine (2 May 1955) p. 64”
― Albert Einstein