Thursday, July 19, 2018

Cultivate Curiosity

Endowed with curiosity, everything in life becomes possible. Linked with optimism and creativity, curiosity pushes limits.

Ways to heighten your natural gift of curiosity:

1.   Stay open to nuances. Nurture the ability to change your mind, unlearn and relearn.

2.   Ask questions like a reporter: Who, What, Why, When, Where, How? Don't feel content with easy answers. Ask more questions.

3.   Curious individuals never feel bored. Take advantage of 'empty time' like standing in line. Observe what's going on around you. Notice people's choices and listen. 

4.   Become a perpetual learner. Make learning fun and seek beyond the obvious.

5.   Read diverse publications and books. Explore what you don't know with a free mind.

6.   Use all your senses to explore nature daily.

7.   When puzzled, ask, "What if . . . ?"  "Then what . . . ?"

8.   If frustrated dig for buried treasure. Keep digging.

9.   Find ways each day to express gratitude for small favors.

10.  Keep exploring your mind's mosaics with a humorous outlook.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Stories of Good Intentions

Positive stories nourish like healthy food, clear air, pure water, and authentic love. We need them.

Stories of possibility encourage rather than bombard like the harangue of news narratives that show misery and woe. 

Heroes in fairy tales need to explode upon the scene. Beyond their magical gifts of invisibility, winged shoes, or a pot that brews a healing drink, these stories tickle imagination with goodness.  

Champions of these stories rarely receive their success out of luck. They have performed kind deeds or unselfish acts to earn the right. 

How will the hummingbird see the forest creatures from fire? Beak-by-beak he takes dew from roses. The sparrow brings his flock to assist.

Search for stories that reward good intentions 

Make them up.

Believe in nature's nurture.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Take an Alphabet Break

Feel stress and need a break from the ordinary?  See what happens when you verbalize the alphabet.

Take a walk. Begin with A and speak a noun. Author. Then go to B. Ballet.  C might become Cabbage. Keep moving through the alphabet with only nouns all the way to Z.  

Then use verbs. Start with Action. Go to Bat. Crouch. Dive. Elevate. Fabricate. Generate. Hallucinate! 

Then try it from Z to A.

Avoid thinking too much as you choose the next word. Let the synapses fire in glee. 

After the verbal attempt, do the same in writing. Don't stop, just write any word for the next letter. Have fun. Play and laugh.

Here's a start:

Afternoons the Babble of Creatures Directs Effervescence. Forests Garner  Harvests that Invest in Jelly.  Kindness Levitates Monkeys who Negotiate an Opinion of Pelicans in a Quandry.

Residents Select Turtles of Understanding. Victory Waddles on Xylophones to a Yellow in Zeith.

When you try this exercise, distraction along with concentration will help. 

You will feel renewed and ready for the next challenge of the day.