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Curious??? What Are You Looking For?

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What are you curious about? What are you worrying about? What in the present are you paying attention to?

I am curious, I love making discoveries, travelling, speaking with people, going shopping.

— Maria Grazia Cucinotta

Asked for one adjective to describe how I felt at end of training session I answered, “Curious.” Others on the call perceived my word-choice as a negative. But I like the word curious…

And as I reinvent myself and I’m constantly curious about everything, I can’t wait to see what’s around the corner in newfound art and entertainment and exploration.

— Pam Grier

As curious as I am about what the future holds, I still find myself trying to control every what-if that enters my consciousness – I am constantly “worrying forward.” And, aside from making myself a little more stressed every single day, I’m beginning to sense that this crazy-making is stealing away my here and now.

I am an old man and have known a great many troubles, but most of them never happened.

— Mark Twain

I’m all for having a Plan B (and even a C or D) but this worrying forward about all the things that could happen in the future is just plain wasteful.  Especially since lately I’ve found myself worrying farther and deeper about  how I might control the outcomes or at least the process that leads to various outcomes. And, to add to the confusion, I often find myself doing the exact opposite of all my posturing and predicting and planning.

Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow. It empties today of its strength.

— Corrie Ten Boom

Finally, I’ve begun to realize that all this futzing and fuming and, yes, let’s face it, FEARING are cheating me out of my “present.”

I think we all realized that we had really been replicating things that had already been happening. I don’t know if we were smart enough to realize that we were in a cul-de-sac, but we were curious.

— David Baker

So a few days ago I decided to try a different approach – when I find myself getting tsunamied by fear -forward-worrying, I’m making the conscious effort to “let it go” and get back into the here and now.  One of my favorite life mantras has been “let’s see what happens” which brings me back to the idea that curious is a good state of mind to be in.

The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change

— Carl Rogers

What are you curious about? What are you worrying about? What in the present are you paying attention to?

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