People Skills: Being curious

For the first official week of October – I’m curious about how we will live this month  – and our theme is curiosity – I was going through my past themes – and as the fall comes upon us – it felt like a good time to revisit being curious – to finding out things – about ourselves and other things – So this week – I’ll be curious to know what you think about and how you become ever more curious!

As I was working on this curiosity theme – I read a story – I’ve signed up to get a weekly story from the Library of America – here’s the link

I’d like to share a bit of it – that has a fab description of someone curious – This is from a short story called “The Train” by Flannery O’Connor

…He remembered when he was a little boy, him and his mother and the other children would go into Chattanooga on the Tennessee Railroad. His mother had always started up a conversation with the other people on the train. She was like an old bird dog just unpenned that raced, sniffing up every rock and stick and sucking in the air around everything she stopped at. There wasn’t a person she hadn’t spoken to by the time they were ready to get off. She remembered them too. Long years after, she would say she wondered where the lady was who was going to Fort West, or she wondered if the man who was selling Bibles had ever got his wife out the hospital. She had a hankering for people—as if what happened to the ones she talked to happened to her then.

Here is an additional quote for you as well –

G. K. Chesterton once said, “Curiosity is always rebuked as one of the restless weaknesses of humanity, but I am inclined to think that most people are not inquisitive enough. They have not what I call clean curiosity – a mere appetite for the truth. They cannot be interested and disinterested too.”

You Create Your Day by the way You Think! Be Present!

Go make it a Magnificent Day!

If you’re curious about my new web site – it’s all about my western lifestyle –  you can get there here: or at

Blessings, Shawna


~ by Shawna Schuh on October 4, 2010.

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