Virtue Call: Curiosity

“I remember traveling on the Navajo reservation with my husband at dusk. We observed a strange, inexplicable vision about one hundred feet ahead of us that appeared to be a large, elongated, dull white shape that was undulating across the road. Our outer eyes could not interpret the information through referencing the data stored in our memories except through the concept of a caterpillar: a giant, fuzzy caterpillar! As we drew closer to this phenomenon, we saw a flock of sheep that was crossing the road during the deepening twilight. They were being herded by their faithful dogs who knew that sheep needed to be home in their corral by dark.” ―Excerpt from Virtue Bridges for Remembering Oneness, p. 57

Young children have such a wondrous sense of natural curiosity. The sensory data available in this earth world is fresh and new to their inquisitive eyes, ears, taste buds, nostrils, and skin. They have not yet mentally categorized the information and become blasé about it. Now that I am an adult, the activation of the virtue of curiosity is more challenging for me. There needs to be a sudden space in the categorized interpretations of the world that my mind automatically processes during every waking moment. For example, the unexpected phenomenon of a flock of sheep undulating across the road at dusk provided that momentary gap in a steady stream of unquestioned thoughts. The natural curiosity inherent in my husband and I surfaced as we hypothesized about this strange vision.

The virtue of curiosity has a vibration of aha! It is the Yes! It says that I am awake, aware, and alive with the wonder and awe of life. It is the cosmic gap between habitual thoughts and patterns of behavior. It is that rare, blessed moment when mystery once again touches our mundane, planned, and controlled lives.

Thirteen years ago, my predictable, safe, and unquestioned life shattered through sudden, devastating illness. The path of recovery lasted several years and often seemed long and arduous. I pursued multiple paths and tools of healing. Each time that I lose hope, a new possibility would appear. These proverbial carrots of life quickened my interest in life through learning something new. Through my curiosity about a food, an herb, or a form of healing, I began to awaken each morning eager to embrace new hopes and potentialities for my eventual recovery. Now that I have recovered, I continue to embrace curiosity as one of the foremost virtues that contribute significantly to my desire to persevere in this earth world. It opens my heart and mind to the wonderment of this life.

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