Thursday, January 3, 2013
Three things you didn't know...
In one of the later books, one of the characters is asked when he/she returns from the outside world, "What three things do you know now that you didn't know when you left?" (I won't offer any spoilers here...) And this is how I pretty much live my life. What can I learn today?
Curiosity might have killed the cat, but it certainly hasn't hurt me any! When I meet my clients at work, I become curious about them, and I find I learn so much about the people I might counsel. When I meet new kids at our groups, I want to get to know who they are and what they want to make or play or do in the group. When I meet a new book, I'm open to what I might learn or what I might love. Cultivate that curiosity and follow it wherever it might want to go! (Follow your snoot to flavours of fruit! Toucan Sam is a wiser philosopher than we ever thought...)
We all come to a subject a blank slate, and we can choose to remain blank or to learn! There's no shame in not knowing something - we're all beginners at some point! No one is born with expertise - Brian Cox wasn't born a physicist, Bruce Dickinson wasn't born a pilot, that river dancing guy wasn't born river dancing - but time and patience and following our curiosity can help us attain mastery.
Learn a little every day and before you know it, you'll be good at it! I didn't get good at using computers by sitting down and learning in a day. I learned a little thing last week, and another one the day after, and so on until I knew something!
Try to cultivate your curiosity this year. Be open to new things. Try to learn three new things this week. They don't have to be huge things. Learn how to return to the previous channel on that new remote. Sync your iPod with iTunes. Sew a button on your pants. Click on that link about the Netherlands. Look up the correct usage of "whom". From these small things, large things may come! (Think back on how you started making your own bath & body products...I'm sure it was a small thought that became huge!)