Curiosity – The Gateway to Understanding
Last night, when I jumped on Twitter for the first time in ages, as I was scrolling down the list of articles I passed one tweeted by the Huffington Post that read, “Why you should NEVER buy garlic in a jar”. I kept scrolling. I didn’t want to read it. You see, I admittedly, buy garlic in a jar. As a business owner and mother I look for every way I can find to be able to cook for my family but not have it suck up too much time, so jarred garlic is just one of those shortcuts that has helped. I didn’t want to know what might be lurking in my jarred garlic. How I may have jeopardized the health and well-being of myself and my loved ones through my use of garlic. With full awareness, I scrolled right by that post and didn’t look back.
And please don’t comment about why I should reconsider my jarred-garlic-habits. I don’t want to know (notice I didn’t even include the link!) – if you, unlike me, want to know about the sins of jarred garlic, you’ll have to Google it. Like a child with her hands pressed to her ears screaming at the top of her lungs, “I’m not listening! I’m not listening!” – I don’t want to hear about it.
It was so fascinating to me last night, how aware I was about not wanting to know this possible garlic-truth. And it occurred to me that I probably do this very thing all the time, without even knowing it. I suspect we all do. It’s my hypothesis that, in the flood of information, we’re continually making selective decisions, both consciously and unconsciously, about what we choose we want to know. Even if we recognize there may be a truth in front of our eyes, as human beings we often prefer not to see.
Now my husband, when I shared my selective-truth-garlic-insight with him said, “Duh” – so whether this a blog-worthy ah-ha is something you can selectively decide. But what I know to be true is that there is power in mindfulness. There’s power in awareness. And in recognizing this, I want to be darned sure that I stay curious about how I think. About how I’m selecting the information I’m taking in. About the choices I’m making – both consciously and unconsciously. I believe that curiosity is the gateway to understanding and that there’s no greater investment than staying curious about ourselves if we’re committed to being our best.
How can you stay curious about yourself? About how you think? About the choices you make?
And while I’ve become more curious about the way I think, I’m still not curious to know what’s in that jar of garlic. Isn’t that curious?
My friend Trudy posted an article last week about why we should never put lemons in our drinking water…. I didn’t read that one either. …But I did start washing my lemons.
By the way, in my curiosity to find potentially great quotes to include in this post I stumbled upon this great curiosity-website. While I decided not to use a quote (I liked so many of them I couldn’t choose – curious, isn’t it?), I thought you might be curious about what I found. See! A gateway….
©OnStage Leadership, 2014; Kimberly Davis is the Founder/Director of OnStage Leadership, a full-day experiential leadership workshop.
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