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Tiny Wisdom: See, Do, Explore, Learn

“When you’re curious, you find lots of interesting things to do.” -Walt Disney

One of my high school teachers once said that a truly intelligent person is never bored because there are always things to see, do, explore, and learn.

I’ve noticed that my creative process depends highly on my willingness to be curious. On a day when I feel as though I have nothing to share, it’s generally because I shut down in some way. I didn’t get out of my comfort zone, or out of my head, or maybe even out of my house.

When there’s no image to paint, or story to share, or lesson to offer, it’s a sign I disconnected from the day and myself. I didn’t engage with the world.

Now that doesn’t mean I always need to be doing something active or pushing myself in some way.

You can be completely still and yet fully involved in the world around you. Or you can be fully withdrawn and yet still present.

The point is to stay in the moment and let it somehow captivate you. The goal is to stay open, and interested, and enthralled—by yourself, by other people, by ideas, by the world.

There are inevitably going to be times when we retreat into ourselves, to regroup, to recharge, or to heal. There’s nothing wrong with that as long as we don’t dwell in that place.

The best things in life happen when we consent to participate. The biggest opportunities find us when we’re open to receiving them.

What does it mean to be open? It means heading into the day, prepared to answer these questions: What can I see? What can I do? What can I explore? What can I learn?

Photo by AlicePopkorn

About Lori Deschene

Lori Deschene is the founder of Tiny Buddha and Recreate Your Life Story, an online course that helps you let go of the past and live a life you love. Her latest bookTiny Buddha's Gratitude Journal is available for pre-order now. For daily wisdom, follow Tiny Buddha on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram..

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  • Hi Lori,
    For the month of October on my blog I am writing posts that are “outside of the box” if you will. Its a Halloween thing. For the life of me I couldn’t get to the place where flow and creativity happens all day.I was stuck in the proverbial “stuck” position.

    Well after doing some laundry, cleaning my office plus some breathing exercises and cultivating a list of things that I am grateful for I was able to write my post in less than an hour. It just flowed out of me.

  • Fizzles

    Alright this is validation for what I always say to my grandsons…. “Boring people get bored”.

  • Gardenmamasan

    Just found you a couple of days ago.  I find some of your sentences mini posts in themselves. 
    So thoughtful, so thought provoking.  So glad to have found you.

  • lilewok

    “…stay open, interested and entralled….”  So true.  I always feel my best when I am actively doing something, even if it is just being with the dogs. 
    Such a perfect posting for me today!  Thanks!

  • Kimsfiberart

    Wonderful!!

  • *nods* – I truly don’t remember the last time I felt bored. Scared? Sure. Angry? Absolutely. Frustrated? Way too often to describe.   But there’s so much going on around me (and even when there isn’t, there’s so much going on inside me) that I can’t imagine being bored.

    I just wish I could bring some of my excitement and fascination to my writing!

  • Pokertips

    Well said! Intelligent and inspiring.

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  • I like that. We have to be interested to live interesting lives!

  • I know that stuck feeling well! Whenever I just get up and get involved with the world, inspiration hits me. 

  • Thank you!

  • I just read your most recent post–I think you do! I could relate to what you wrote about wanting to be loved by everyone. This has fueled my people-pleasing tendencies, so I have to be mindful of this. But really, I want to feel like the whole world is my family. I want to feel like I can trust and open up to absolutely everyone.

  • You’re most welcome! I love being around animals. I can just watch them for hours. Dogs in particular are just so playful and loving!

  • Welcome. =) I’m glad you’ve enjoyed the blog so far!

  • Thank you, Lori!  That comment really means a lot to me.

    I’m having a bit of a… freakout, I guess is the technical term… with my writing at the moment! 

    I’ve just started my not-a-business-website-yet-but-it-dreams-about-being-one-when-it-grows-up blog, and as I look around the blogosphere and see how everyone else writes, I’m starting to feel as though my style is… too wordy, too long, too cluttered, too… too something. Especially for someone who wants to help other people write more concisely and clearly!

    I think I need to take a deep breath and remind myself that… well… I am who I am, and when I write, that’s *my* voice coming through.  Plus, I need to remind myself that I don’t have to be 100% perfect now.  Yes, I want to be as good as I can – but it’s OK to learn and develop and grow over time. And maybe if I can do that visibly – publicly – on my blog, I can help other people who are trying to do the same thing…

    And I know what you mean about wanting to feel like the whole world is your family.  There’s actually a balance, I think, to be sought online between honest disclosure and sensible boundaries. I’m not sure exactly where it is… and it’s probably different for everyone. But I know that’s something I had to get my head around for my personal Livejournal blog, and I suspect I’ll need to do something similar for my Crystal Clarity one.

    Thanks again

    TANJA

  • I just responded to your comment on The Bold Life, and I thought I was having a de ja vu–now I realize it’s because I clicked to your blog from here!

    I have had my fair share of freak outs! Writing/creating in general are just such emotional experiences. I think that allowing your own voice to shine through is the most important thing. That’s generally what keeps me on a site–when I feel like the writer is really letting me in and sharing their actual feelings. 

    As for learning and developing over time, and doing it publicly, that definitely inspires me! I think we’re all so afraid of appearing to fail (I know I struggle with that). But very rarely do we actually fail. We just learn with an audience. 

    I appreciated what you wrote about balance. I’ve been grappling with the difference between authenticity and transparency. It’s important to me that I write from an authentic place, but at the same time, there are certain things that I’d like to reserve for myself, or those who know me intimately. I guess I am coming to terms with the fact that I am allowed to not tell every story. I can give people my real self without feeling pressured to give all of me.

    Have a great day =)
    Lori

  • Hi Lori,
    Love what your high school teacher.  I don’t even understand the concept of boredom.  There is SOOO much in this world, in our life, to do to learn to experience – how can you be bored?!!
    But I realize it’s about the nature of the person.  How sad for that ‘type’ of person, to experience boredom.
    There’s so much to engage in, be it actively or even passively, to observe and feel the wonder of it all.

  • Love that – ‘boring people get bored’.  And I’m ‘bored’ (and bothered) around boring people.

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  • curiosity lead me to this site

  • Welcome. =)