Eleanor Roosevelt once said, "If a mother could ask a fairy godmother to endow [her child] with the most useful gift, that gift would be curiosity." Not knowledge, not skill–but curiosity!
Yet curiosity is something we already have from the moment we arrive in the world. It’s the desire to reveal something more--or something new--that propels us to grow. The toddler will try everything and anything--no matter the consequences (broken lamps? burned fingers? Most of us, along with our kids, have done it all!).
But too often, we come to a place where we just accept what we think we've learned--or what we see in front of us--as the established, unmovable truth: It's always been (or been done) this way, and so it IS. The thing is, life is never stagnant, and even "truths" are nuanced and sometimes subjective. That's why we need to question things more. Stretch our imaginations in new ways. Curiosity can help to move us from where we are now to our next level of becoming. As Karen Berg said, “We are born to grow and manifest all that we are meant to do.” And curiosity is part of what can make that possible!