I’m taking a vacation from curiosity. It’s hot. I baked a birthday cake for a friend anyway. It didn’t turn out well (Julia Child’s words, “Never apologize” are ringing in my ears.) I’m taking a break today.
I’m not practicing much curiosity at the moment, as I think I have made clear over the last few days. 😉 This morning, though, I did manage—at least for a bit—to intentionally open up, pull myself out of my head, and pay attention to what was happening on our morning walk without judging or thinking too much. At least that is a little bit of success.
I was just trying to help two Italian tourists understand why the Votivkirche in Vienna was built, and came up against my limitations in that language. (They didn’t speak English or German.) How do you say “emperor” in Italian? And “kill”? (Oddly enough–or perhaps not so given my operatic background–I know how to say “die” but not “kill”.) My (unsuccessful) gyrations reminded me of a joke about speaking foreign languages.
A man was hiking in the Austrian alps. He came across a couple of old guys sunning themselves at an alpine hut. The hiker needed directions so he asked, “Do you speak English?” The old mountain men shook their heads. “Parlez vous français?” Shake. “Parla italiano?” Shake. “Habla español?” Shake. In desperation the hiker made one last attempt. “Nihongo-o dekimasuka?” Shake. Dispirited, the hiker moved on. One of the old guys said (in German), “Maybe we should learn a foreign language after all” whereupon the other replied (also in German), “Why? It didn’t help him any.” 😉
Today is, in fact, a holiday in Austria and after my long spell of intense work I am taking a day off from everything. Back tomorrow.
Today we didn’t take an entirely new route on our dogwalk, but we did take a route we haven’t taken in ages, simply because I was tired of the old one.
My dog certainly found lots of new stuff to sniff at, and I made the unhappy discovery that I am not as fit as I thought I was. (Today’s route goes quite steeply uphill.) A benefit of curiosity? 😉
I responded to several different challenges today (Friday) openly and with a focus on what would simply work best but it is too late to chronicle those points. I wish all a nice Saturday!
Two very full days of work–yesterday and today. So I’m just checking in because I undertook to write every day and it is important to me to do that. I wouldn’t say I’ve been incurious, but I haven’t been consciously practicing and can’t give any examples of being curious right now. There’s just too much going on.