How many times do you ask someone, “What are you doing today”? As Jungian Analyst John Beebe says, we ask this as if it is the most important question. We don’t question the question.
Leonardo da Vinci’s to-do list was a list of what he wanted to learn each day. His curiosity lead him to list things like “the measurement of Milan and its suburbs,” “get the master of arithmetic to show you how to square a triangle,” and “describe the tongue of a woodpecker.” These and other curiosities were included in Leonardo da Vinci by Walter Isaacson.
Seekers may be curious about deeper personal questions like “Who am I? What is the meaning of life? What is my purpose?”
When I coach people looking for what’s next in their lives, I ask them to make a list of what they are curious about. What would they like to learn? Curiosity and learning can open doors to new passions, work, connections, and creativity.
Questions of the Month
–What are you curious about?
–What learning are you engaged in?
–How can you start to explore a new area ?
–Practice of the Month
Self-Observation: Curious List
For one week, take note of what sparks your curiosity. Pay attention to what you hear in conversations, see on media, daydream about, and read about.
At the end of the week, review the list and notice any trends or connections. How might you start to explore one or more of these items on your list?