Spending Spring Break with my grandsons, I kept thinking of Einstein.
You may imagine that’s because as an adoring grandmother I see Charlie and Nate as extraordinarily brilliant and talented — like Einstein. (Which now that you mention it, I do! And honestly you would too, even being much more objective than I am!)
But it was their avid and nearly constant curiosity that made me think of Einstein’s advice, “Never lose a holy curiosity.”
At 4 and 7, curious about almost everything- words, insects, books, birds, rocks, songs, dinosaurs, stars, numbers, why people think and do and say the things they do, what’s behind the sky, how many ants it takes to make an ant hill - they soak up learning like thirsty sponges.
This curiosity, so naturally present in children, is something adults often lose in our busyness and daily concerns. And yet, we can choose to cultivate it.
Curiosity is a crucial key to youthful vitality and to expanding more fully into our potential through whatever situations we encounter.
Curiosity is holy because it is a wonderful antidote to dogmatism, to needing to have everything figured out and to cynicism and boredom.
Curiosity is holy because it opens us in wonder to the miracle of each moment, keeps us flexible and questioning and helps us value different perspectives.
This morning - feeling curious- I looked up Einstein’s full quote:
“The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery every day. Never lose a holy curiosity.” Albert Einstein
What aspect of life is inviting your holy curiosity today?
How do your attitude, your body sense and your experience of your day shift when you cultivate curiosity?
Please leave your thoughts below.