“Well, he’s going to fall on his face!”
Actually, no. Although I was a bit amused the old woman said it right next to me.
She had noticing my somewhat peculiar habit of reading while walking. I say somewhat because people do it all the time – they just stare at their phone instead of holding a book.
But that’s not all. Sometimes I read while walking barefoot. Mind blown. Lucky for her I wasn’t doing both that day or it might have induced a minor heart attack.
I think it’s absolutely fascinating how people respond to things that are different. There are variety of options:
- Non-judgmental surprise: observing and then moving on.
- Judgmental surprise: noticing and then evaluating.
- Passive curiosity: wondering why.
- Active curiosity: asking yourself and others why.
Which one you choose says a lot about you. It reveals whether you’ve calcified or if you’re growth-oriented. It signals how arrogant or humble you are. In many ways, it predicts what kind of future you’ll have.
The next time you encounter something that is different than what you’re used to, why not see it as a learning opportunity? Why not assume that it has something to teach you?
Until you learn how to practice active curiosity, diversity will remain something “out there” rather than “in here” and you will be the most bored and boring person in the room.
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