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Weekly Photo Challenge: Curiosity…

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“I could not, at any age, be content to take my place by the fireside and simply look on. Life was meant to be lived. Curiosity must be kept alive. One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life.” Eleanor Roosevelt

Curiosity: Can baby bear come play with me…?

Children are naturally curious because the world of childhood is filled with unimaginable things; people, places, sounds, smells and colors… an endless cavalcade of moving and static objects. Everywhere a child looks, something new and fascinating beckons. Toys are real, ghosts are like old friends, and blankies are comforting new friends. Intuition is keen and desires are clear in children

Curiosity: A black cat in Caen observes the observer…

“I must touch, taste, and smell everything,” the toddler insists. “I must lock down, hide sharp objects, and follow this child,” a mother groans. Our toddlers shriek; a familiar war cry. We brace ourselves, tighten our belts ready to do battle, to protect our child… and then they grow up. We grow up. Curiosity finds a permanent home in our hearts, or pays intermittent visits or takes extended vacations. Maybe facets of all three. Like shifting seasons, it comes and goes. Sometimes, I wonder how long the visits will be…

Curiosity: I’m bored … actually!

For some souls, curiosity becomes a creative contemplative impulse, intellectual pursuits, research, science; a need to explore. For others, curiosity becomes familiarity and breeds contempt, crass judgments or even indifference. Have you stayed curious about the world you inhabit? Have you become jaded? Is what we know enough and the rest irrelevant? Is what we know enough and the rest overwhelming?

Curiosity: Curious deer staring at the driver in my driveway…

This week, our Photo Challenge calls for captured moments of curiosity… at least, our interpretations of it. Curiosity for life can be like a trip to a shopping mall, or a fine store filled with trinkets, or it could be all snow… I like a touch of the mall, the fine store and a bit of snow. What/Where is your curiosity meter?

What are your thoughts? How do you stay interested in life and the world around you?
Positive Motivation Tip:
Keep your curiosity alive by trying new things; perfection not required.

PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos from my Personal Collection.

Until Next Timeโ€ฆ
Ask. Believe. Receive. ยฉ
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet

29 Comments leave one →
  1. 17/02/2011 1:03 am

    Wonderful post. Especially enjoyed the first photo.

    When we live life with alert curiosity, we see things as THEY are and not as WE are.

    • 17/02/2011 3:15 pm

      Agreed. Nancy know’s how it all needs to go down. Without fascination, life becomes banal and not really worthwhile.

      I couldn’t tell you how I manage to stay interested. I try to learn a lot of new things and endgame lots of people but, sometimes apathy takes hold and I get temporarily bored before jumping back into the swirling mass of creativity, knowledge and adventure.

      This was a really good piece of writing with wonderful advice.

      • 19/02/2011 5:13 am

        I have a similar story.. .I just lie low until the inertia passes and then I regroup. Thanks again for stopping by. I really enjoyed visiting your blog and I look forward to more visits.

    • 19/02/2011 4:34 am

      Thanks Nancy! took that one in Vermont and felt it was perfect for the exercise. The others were okay but I needed them for fillers as I shared more information on the topic. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. 17/02/2011 1:07 am

    These are fantastic photographs and perfect for the challenge!

    • 19/02/2011 4:34 am

      Thanks again Barb! I loved your submission too.

  3. 17/02/2011 5:50 am

    Great photos Eliz.

    Curiousity keeps us energised and alive. I love exploring new things, visiting new places, trying on new ideas for size and being open to change. I have always been inquisitive and driven by a desire to experience all that life has to offer. Lovely post. Thank you ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

    • 19/02/2011 4:38 am

      Thanks too!
      Same here … although of late, part of my curiosity is going into my writing and the rest to my room for extra rest… But as a cat lover, I cherish the idea of exploring and finding news ways of doing old things. ;-0

  4. 17/02/2011 4:04 am

    thanks for the link to psychology today ๐Ÿ™‚

    • 19/02/2011 4:35 am

      I hope you enjoyed the article… It was very good and a perfect topic for this post. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. 17/02/2011 9:32 am

    Love the post. Cool cat. Is he yours? ๐Ÿ™‚

    • 19/02/2011 4:38 am

      Yes, he is ours… We got him at an animal shelter… he’s adorable. ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. 17/02/2011 2:31 pm

    At my age curiosity can be construed as being nosy ;D but I don’t care.

    • 19/02/2011 4:43 am

      Oh you have earned the right to do your thing lady… LOL! ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. 17/02/2011 3:15 pm

    Curiosity is one of the finest things life has to offer us! Learning new ways of doing, new ways of seeing- it feeds the soul! Thanks for this great post E!

    • 19/02/2011 4:44 am

      Thank you Rosa and you are right about that. We all need to keep our curious bone alive. It makes life more interesting! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    17/02/2011 3:36 pm

    Well said. To the poet in all of us; stay curious and stay open to life.
    This is special. Where did you take the photos? Beautiful post and message.

    • 19/02/2011 4:47 am

      Thnak you B. The first one I took in Vermont. The second in Caen, France. The third at home and the 4th in our front yard… With the photo challenge, I’m now recognizing that I have a rich resource in my furry animal friends and neighbors… ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. 17/02/2011 8:14 pm

    The photos are precious. Oh! to be able to have the mind of a child ! is an inspiration to be held close to our hearts. I’m thankful for the voice of my inner-child for helping me to keep in touch with who I really am on the inside, never forgetting where I came from. A little voice that sings to our soul.

    • 19/02/2011 4:50 am

      We all have that child and must invite her out to play… This was fun to do as it brought back some poignant memories.
      Thank you penny! ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. 17/02/2011 10:32 pm

    Great collection of photos to go with this week’s theme!

    • 19/02/2011 4:52 am

      Hi there… thanks for the visit! Some of the shots are blurry but I felt they conveyed the message anyway.
      Appreciate the kind words. ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. 18/02/2011 8:34 am

    I love the pictures you’ve posted especially the cats! ๐Ÿ™‚ I love reading your post. I’m reminded of my Philo 103 back in college. The best philosophers are children. Because they are ever curious – wondering about every little thing they see.

    Nice work Eliz!

    • 19/02/2011 4:56 am

      Thank you dear! Children are smarter than we give them credit for… That very focused curiosity starts to diminish as we get older… all the wear and tear gets to us and we forget. I really did have a chance to go back for a moment; so much power in childhood. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  12. 18/02/2011 9:22 am

    That is one cute (and very contented-looking cat)! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    I love this post! Curiosity is a topic in many conversations I have with my husband. He’s a very curious man; he wants to know and question anything and everything. I, on the other hand, has gotten rather jaded. I’ve also gotten spoiled by life, that I’ve come to stop looking at it in wonderment. But being with a man more curious than a cat has got me pondering, too; that’s one of the benefits of my marriage.

    Thanks for the continued support. I really appreciate it! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • 19/02/2011 4:59 am

      You are funny and your hubby sounds like a very creative and intuitive soul… Enjoy the wonderful connection and learn from each other. I don’t think you’re jaded … just in need of some rest time. ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. 18/02/2011 5:36 pm

    the observing cat would remind a dog lover, as to the sometimes frightening nature of pussy cats ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • 19/02/2011 5:05 am

      Really? That little black cat was so scared of us that she ran up that fence and stayed there growling at us… frightening? Nah! ๐Ÿ˜‰


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