BLOG 173—Curiosity and Wonder

With my words, I hope to throw some oblique light upon your life.
I want to inspire you to see life in a different and/or better way.

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As I awoke this Thursday morning at 2am, the idea of curiosity and wonder came to my mind. You do know that as you sleep your mind is constantly working and thinking? No rest for my mind, therefore little sleep. Of course, I could not get back to sleep.

Curiosity and wonder are (should be) major factors in your life. I feel that these two ideas were a major asset in my recovery from my accident and 37-day coma. Always keep learning and growing, you only have this one life to live – live to the fullest!

Go back to your childhood–play, curiosity, and never-ending learning are what you had. This is a good place to be. If you are constantly curious, you will always stay happy.

From my book series, Beyond Your Potential >>

As a performer and juggler, I constantly had to be creative to develop new juggling patterns and being live on stage, I had to learn new and exciting routines for my performance.

Also, for most of my life, I have been self-employed, an endeavor that requires creativity and risk. I also had to tap into my creativity to find ways to recover after my accident and 37-day coma.

Then, of course, for this book and the other books in the Beyond Your Potential series, I had to develop more creativity to write words for you that will help to advance your life.

With my juggling partner, Randy Foster

You Are Creative
Being creative is taking a risk, trying something new, or finding new ways to do old things. Think back to when you were young and free to use your mind how you wanted to.

As a child, you probably saw a bright future for yourself with all the things you wanted to accomplish once you grew up. Your mind was always open to trying new things. In order to regain your natural creativity, learn to think like a child again.

Free yourself of the unproductive and dull norm of adulthood that says you can’t try new things or that creativity isn’t needed. So many adults lose their childhood fun, play, and creativeness and “turn” into adults.

To Make Creativity
Our brains have tremendous potential for creativity, analysis, and reasoning at any age and/or if you have recovered from any accident.

There are many paths to creativity. It could be as simple as combining two existing things in a new and different way. It could be taking something that is always done a certain way and discovering a new and better way to do it.

It’s simply a matter of taking the time to think about what you are doing instead of just going through the motions. The only thing that you and I need to do to release our creativity is to be whole-brain thinkers.

Be Open
Being a juggling performer, I had no choice but to be creative. To learn or create new juggling feats, I needed to be open to trying new ways to throw, new ways to catch, and new props to throw and catch, including fire and knives.

In my professional performing days, I would try tricks that many thought impossible, but I knew that there would be a way if I was creative in my approach to learning. To make my routines interesting and engaging, I had to think in new directions and be creative enough to always have the audience guessing (and laughing.)

What If?
Imagine yourself finding a way to make a product or service even better. This might be something you do every day. In your daily routines, I’m sure there are lots of things that frustrate you like toothpaste sticking to the sink or maybe your shoelaces constantly coming untied.

Why couldn’t you be the one to solve these frustrations or even larger issues like world hunger? Imagine if the person who invented the umbrella had never taken the time to think about how to keep themselves self-dry when they had to run errands on a rainy day.

To spark creativity in yourself, look at something and ask yourself “what if?” This question can open your mind to think of other ways and new directions. You could find that new way of doing something that might help alleviate stress in your life, cure someone of a terrible illness, or more simply maybe just make you lots of money.

Push Curiosity
Studies have shown that creativity and curiosity are positively correlated with intelligence, meaning that as one increases, the other also increases. In one study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology in 2002, researchers correctly predicted that highly curious toddlers would have higher IQs when they were older children than toddlers with lower levels of curiosity. Researchers measured the degree of creative behavior in 1,790 three-year-old children and then measured their cognitive ability at age eleven.

As they thought, the eleven-year-old children who had been highly curious three-year-old kids later scored twelve points higher on total IQ compared with low-stimulation seekers. They also had superior scholastic and reading abilities.

There are ways to make your child more curious in life. Open up their mind and push curiosity now to provide a better life for your child later. Stimulate your kids to find their creative side.

You Can Get Smarter!
Other studies have shown that adults who are highly curious also have the greater analytic aptitude, better problem-solving abilities, and higher intelligence overall. Studies are showing that it is possible for you to increase your IQ over the course of your life.

In the past, scientists were under the impression that the IQ you were born with would be the Intelligence Quotient you had your entire life, but this idea has changed. This suggests that additional curiosity in your daily life is likely to make you smarter.

You are not too old to be creative, to be curious, and to advance your life.
But, you must start – NOW! and make it happen.




Inspirational quotes and motivational sayings have an amazing ability to change the way we feel about life and can change our thinking.

This is why I find them so interesting, challenging, and important on our path to joy and happiness and finding ways to inspire ourselves as well as others.

Inspirational quotes and ideas provide us with a quick and timely burst of wisdom to get our focus back, offering the inspiration needed for the day or occasion.

I hope to inspire you with my words.

Words have power.

At any age, you can (and should) make changes to make your life better.

You see, the way you think and feel about yourself, including your beliefs and expectations about what is possible for you, determines everything that happens in your life. It all derives from your quality of thinking.

When you improve the quality of your thinking,
you change the quality of your life—sometimes instantly!

Just as positive words can make someone smile, and/or, a well-timed amusing quote can make someone laugh, your own thoughts react to the world in real-time. You have this control!

In fact, you have complete control over only one thing in the universe — Your Thinking — and that’s where motivational quotes come in!

To keep your motivation, you have to use each day as an opportunity for improvement, to be better, and to get a little bit closer to your goals. It might sound like a lot of work—and with your busy schedule—next to impossible. But you can do it!

Self-talk is so important—THINK RIGHT!

Motivational words, yes, they’re just words.

But they’re positive words; they will keep you on track.
Remember, you are only as young as the last time you changed your mind.

Keep your thoughts and self-talk fun and productive and always reaching for advancement.




Pain is unavoidable.
Pleasure, fleeting.
Suffering is optional.
Happiness – a choice.
Curiosity and wonder should be a dynamic force.
Know this as you drive forward.”
Kit Summers




5/21—Sedentary, but still moving. I loved my travels (hope you did, too),
but I am loving my new life with Beth.
Not a lot happened this week, but always moving ahead.

5/22—Nancy, who lives up the street, has much bamboo growing. I needed bamboo to hold my pinwheel spinners that will go on each corner of the four above-ground gardens that I built. With a good wind, these look great in the yard.

5/23—The reason we are staying here is, first because of our animals, and this week we are taking care of Don and Teresa’s four huge horses and 3 dogs, two of which are Great Danes, and a cute little Spaniel. We are finding this incredibly enjoyable.

I’ve not taken care of horses before, they are very big. Eating twice a day, they do eat much. And, almost as big as a small horse, their Great Danes and just that, great.

5/24—Still gathering food for our collection, we returned to “The Dented Can Store> >>
With a large assortment of different foods at an excellent discount, we stocked up.

We did pick our first tomato today! 

With all the changes that are going on in the world, we are hearing that food might become difficult to obtain. So, we are gathering much so that what we have will last us over six months. This might be something you may aim toward, too?

5/26—A rainy day, so good for the plants and the earth.



Bring back your childhood curiosity and wonder.
As you apply this to your life, you will see life differently and bring on joy in your life.



We will be, along with you, celebrating Memorial Day weekend – I will let you know . . . 



1 Comment

  1. Larry Zeiger May 29, 2022 Reply

    Beautifully written!!!

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