Is curiosity one of your drivers? For me curiosity, exploring, then discovering solutions to challenges are all part of the foundations of my life purpose. What is/are your foundation(s)?
Last week, at the end of the third session of The Magic of Shifting Perspective Programs, something reminded me of a curiosity journey and experience I’d had many years ago.
Dried seaweed that I had brought back to New Jersey from York, Maine, and saved, happened to fall into a bucket of water. I was surprised to see that, while in the water, it had returned to its original, moist, flexible “seaweed” state.
Several years later, as I was relating the story to a friend, I happened to notice the small almost-sculpture like object, pictured above, sitting atop a surface in my dining room. It was two intertwined seed pods from a tree. They had tightly curled up and hardened like wood, one inside the other.
I have no recollection of where in Florida I found the “sculpture”, or from what tree the components might be. It was an “eye-catcher” that I simply picked up off the ground when I saw it, presumably, because I liked the colors and textures. As I was telling my friend the seaweed story, I started exploring the wood pods sculpture. Remembering the seaweed experience, I wondered what, if anything, would happen if I put it in water. I naturally continued onto the discovery journey.
I put it in a plastic shoebox, covered it with water and closed the box. Lo and behold, in a couple of days (maybe less) two pods separated and were flat!! Once dried they became hard as wood again and, in no way, could they be bent by me without their breaking.
A day later, after the pods completed drying, they started curling up and once again resumed a shape similar to the one on the top of this page.
The twosome on the right are a result of my doing the experiment one more time when two of my young grandsons came visiting. After the pods were dry that time I kept them apart.
Self-Reflecting Queries –
I invite you also to reflect. Is there a place inside where you feel curled up and tight? Is it uncomfortable? If so, I invite you to look at what the “hydration” would be for you to release the tightness and let it open up and “straighten” out. For me it’s turning to some form of creativity and taking action one-step at a time.
Please comment in the “Leave a Reply” below. What actions do you take to unwind you?