There is so much I don’t know. So much I want to learn. That’s a wonderful thing, for when I stop learning I might as well stop living. Learning new things excites and energizes me. To discover something new, I have to become curious and ask questions. Many things trigger my curiosity: people, places, things and processes. Additionally, being engaged in activities also brings forth questions, such as when I am doing my artwork or writing, having a discussion with my husband, or listening to the news. When I utilize my innate curiosity, I can then bridge the gap between what I know and don't know.
Where would we be in this world if people like Steve Jobs hadn’t been creatively curious? I wish I could be a Steve Jobs and have the ability to answer very complex questions – such as questions about how to save the environment. But alas, I can only answer questions within the limits of my capabilities. I can have passionate curiosity about my family members, my husband, my creative endeavors, and my immediate environment. I can also be curious about how to live each day more fully. The list goes on and on. I have to remind myself, that just because I am not Steve Jobs doesn't mean I don't have the ability to answer questions that, if answered well, can powerfully affect the quality of my life.
My curiosity is most obvious in my roles as a therapist, for I am genuinely curious about people and their behaviors. It is what propelled me to become a psychotherapist. I find working with clients to be perpetually intriguing and satisfying, for every session is filled with questions. For every question a creative answer must be uncovered.
When questions arise in my mind about my writing, artwork and photography I am determined to watch for an answer. For example, I was searching for new ways to use my photography and wondered if it would be possible to combine my photography with my watercolor paintings. Once Ibecame curious, I explored, researched, and experimented, until I ultimately found an answer. The image above is one answer to that self-imposed question. Check out “photo-paintings” on this website.
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