Peaceful Revolution: The Muscle of Curiosity

Sunday message by Rev. Pat Bessey

We did it… what did we do? We created 1,000 cranes for peace on our tree in the sanctuary, which was a goal to reach during our Season for Nonviolence. Thank you to all who contributed to make this happen. We will continue to receive more if you have some that you haven’t brought in yet.

Sunday was the conclusion of the series from the book Peaceful Revolution by Paul K. Chappell. I had a lot of fun sharing each muscle with you and I hope you enjoyed it. The last muscle to share was the muscle of curiosity. Albert Einstein said, “I have no special talents, I am only passionately curious.”

Paul says human beings are natural explorers. To solve our problems at their root, we must strengthen our muscle of curiosity. “Curiosity was vital for the survival of our ancestors, because it allowed them to explore and understand the world around them. A strong muscle of curiosity is just as vital for our survival in the 21st Century,” Chappell writes.

Questions are the foundation of curiosity. When we are curious, we can become smarter and wiser. Curiosity also leads to a sense of wonder, adventure, and awe.

Adventure is the higher expression of curiosity. Paul says, “We are living during an exciting time in human history, because we have an opportunity to witness and participate in an even greater revolution. The peaceful revolution is a revolution of mind, heart and spirit. But it is also a scientific revolution. To explain the importance of hope, empathy, appreciation, conscience, reason, discipline and curiosity. I am relying on facts instead of my opinion. Without these muscles of humanity, we cannot coexist peacefully as a global community or solve the greatest problems that threaten humanity. This is not a statement of opinion, but fact. To solve our problems at their root, we must strengthen our muscle of curiosity. Without it, we cannot face the challenges ahead with courage. When our muscle of curiosity becomes strong, we can approach life with a sense of adventure.

“Adventure is a higher expression of curiosity that gives meaning to life, and the peaceful revolution is an adventure unlike any other in human history. During this critical time, we have the opportunity to shape our civilization in positive ways that would not only make our ancestors proud but will give our descendants a chance to live full and productive lives.”

The highest expression of curiosity is awe! Curiosity helps us create balance in our personal lives, communities, and world by empowering us to ask questions that reveal the underlying causes of problems and help us create innovative solutions.

When our life seems out of balance, we can ask questions to help us regain balance. When anything we see or experience seems out of balance, the first step to regaining balance often involves asking a question. As we strengthen our muscle of curiosity, we can learn how to question in ways that are more likely to create understanding, innovative solutions, and balance. Curiosity is necessary for learning well. When we are curious, we can become smarter and wiser.

Curiosity leads to a sense of wonder, adventure, and awe. When we perceive our world with a sense of curiosity and awe, then being alive becomes more fascinating, meaningful, and fulfilling.

Being curious makes our world more interesting, and it also makes us more interesting.

There is a lot more about curiosity and there is a great statement by Thich Nhat Hanh on miracles.

Next week the talk title is “Turning Uncomfortable into Comfortable.”

You are a blessing in my life.
Rev. Patricia Bessey

PS. Service opportunity to support the Celebration of Life on March 30 for Bill French: Desserts and finger food as well as helping hands to set up and clean up. Please contact Rev. Pat with your offerings.

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