My Favorite Inspiring Quotes
Commentary by Peter Shepherd
To accept that we still have things to learn and to do - and to wonder what those things are - is the foundation of personal growth.
Curiosity is the compass that leads us to our passions. A curious mind knows no limits.
Curiosity keeps leading us down new paths, it’s a fundamental aspect of our spirit. Our curiosity sparks imagination and from there we create our world. As Mae Jemison said, “Don’t let anyone rob you of your imagination, your creativity, or your curiosity. It’s your place in the world; it’s your life. Go on and do all you can with it, and make it the life you want to live.”
Independent thought leads to an inquiring mind, a mindset that eventually leads to the questioning of the status quo. Curiosity is the prerequisite for exploring the world around and the inner world of ideas and emotions. As novel perspectives and experiences become integrated by an individual, the greater the likelihood of finding creative links among them.
And even from the start of our lives... “The first and simplest emotion which we discover in the human mind, is curiosity.” ~ Edmund Burke
Here’s some further reading on this theme...
This attitude of wonder, interest, and investigation brings many rewards. For example, engaging your mind actively as you age helps preserve the functioning of your brain. Use it or lose it! Continues...
There is one method I’ve found to becoming worry free which is perhaps the most powerful of them all. The big secret here comes in learning the fine habit of how to replace worry with wonder. Instead of fearing what might occur, replace it with being curious and wondering what might occur. Realize that there are an infinite number of possible outcomes that could manifest at any moment in your future. Continues...