Desire and curiosity are the two eyes through which he sees the world in the most enchanted colours…
and the man may squander his estate and come to beggary, but if he keeps these two amulets he is still rich in the possibilities of pleasure.”
Robert Louis Stevenson
I was lunching last week ( I know having lunch with people, who would have thought that would be possible 12 months ago! Crazy mind and I did it twice! ) and at that lunch I was catching up with a friend on all of her news ( she is very busy ) and I also was able to talk about my news.
Not earth shattering news by any stretch, but good news.
Good in the way that it was the first time I had the opportunity to articulate what I am working on and how that is a source of happiness and fulfilment for me. I said that I felt that I was doing what I was meant to do, what I was good at and learning along the way.
It was kind of like the lightbulb moment last year when I knew I needed to start studying again - but in Psychology - not more business, to help me understand not only myself better but also why our brain does what it does, why people tend to do what they do.
New stuff. It has been great. More than great, life changing, really life changing.
And now because I have felt so much stronger in myself, so much more worthy to do anything, I have started another new thing. I have started to develop and run an online education program inside our business.
It is so much more me.
I get to share my knowledge with others, I get to learn new things and drop away my concerns about putting myself out there ( yes it involves photography, video and podcasting oh and talking, lots of talking!) But I am excited about work in a way that I have not been in years.
So hence the Robert Louis Stevenson quote above.
Desire and Curiosity - if we have that, no matter what else falls away, we have what we need. The full quote is below.
It is in virtue of his own desires and curiosities that any man continues to exist with even patience, that he is charmed by the look of things and people, and that he wakens every morning with a renewed appetite for work and pleasure. Desire and curiosity are the two eyes through which he sees the world in the most enchanted colours...and the man may squander his estate and come to beggary, but if he keeps these two amulets he is still rich in the possibilities of pleasure.
Robert Louis Stevenson
I am so so glad that I persevered with that horrible task of listing what makes you happy. Do it today, make that list, no matter how crazy, think on what made you happy as a child, as a teenage, as a young carefree 20 year old and do more of that.