Curiosity and Imagination

Two traits to develop during your year–curiosity and imagination.

Read more this year–and try reading outside your usual genre. Then use the new insights to build seemingly outlandish analogies to your long-held beliefs. Cultivate new friends and travel to someplace new.

The old folk saying, “Curiosity killed the cat”, is misleading. Lack of curiosity will kill your enthusiasm for life and (as Agatha Christie’s little detective Hercule Poirot would put it) your “little grey cells” in your brain.

Albert Einstein rated imagination as the most important trait. His theories (and those of Henri Poincare and many others) came from “thought experiments” where imagination ran loose until settling into new insights.

Eat well. I have unbounded curiosity about the latest nutrition findings, even though they mostly support basic common sense of eating whole foods and not too much.

Maybe a new way of exercise to grow those “little grey cells”. Have you tried Yoga or Pilates? Our Y began offering “cardio drumming.” Beat your frustrations into submission. (I looked at that, but as a trained percussionist, I’m not so sure I could just let go and pound wildly.)

Meet some new people this year–from outside your normal circle. Be curious about different lifestyles and cultures. You probably will learn some useful and fascinating things.

I’m beginning the new year with a fitness and health course and a deep book on analogy as the fuel and fire of thinking. Looks like I’ll be diving into deep theology as NT Wright has a new book out. 550 pages on thinking followed by 990 pages on history and theology of the first Christians. Should be a way to get my “little grey cells” jump started for 2020.

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