Curiosity killed the Cat. Really?Dawn Kotzer
In my virtual world, I hang with a herd of cool cats who pad softly into The Muse is In Writing Club. Twice a week, prompts (divined by the Big Cat herself, Jill Badonsky) come to my INBOX. I never know what the prompt will be but I’m always curious to find out.
Last Week’s Prompt-#115: Feel or imagine curiosity in body, mind and spirit and then see what you are inspired to write.
“Feel Curiosity in the Body…”
I roll the prompt over in my mind as if trying to feel its’ texture with my fingertips.
Rolling them back and forth, my mind feels the words as if to find the edge of another side. Suddenly, the voice inside my head breathes out.
“Body the IN-Curiosity Feel…ahhh, I like it.”
With that, my mind takes off like a cat springing into action, giving chase to a tiny mouse darting for cover between the rocks on shore.
Letters jump from rock to rock, rearranging themselves into words and phrases quickly; the curious cat leaps to keep up.
“Curiosity IN-THE-FEEL Body”
“Body Curiosity in the Feel”
“Feelin’ the curiosity body”
“THE BODY FEELIN’ CURIOSITY”
“Bodyfeel in the Curiosity”
C’mon, that last one was just plain silly.
Yup. That’s the point.
Just for a moment longer I push past the staid into the silly. Worry about how it sounds or if it makes sense falls away in the moment.
“‘How does curiosity feel?”
By now I’m really getting into this. The virtual crowd inside my head goes wild. (Apparently I’m not alone in there.) A scene unfolds before me.
The torch falls onto the ground. What-if Wendy scrambles as she tries to recover it.
Letters tumble against each other one last time.
The crowd goes silent. Will this be the final phrase?
“Thy Bid- One. Feel CURIOSITY.”
Back to reality, I preview my response to Writing Prompt #115. Before staid might again overtake silly, I hit POST.
I wait. No tightness, no ‘rightness’ surfaces. I feel loose, fluid, happy that I let go in the moment and rode the wave of curiosity. Just as Oley, the rockstar discovered, it doesn’t really matter if the mouse gets away when the process of curiosity is fully activated. I’d say that’s a Win-Win.
So the next time you feel even a twinge of curiosity seep into your bones, breathe out, set worry aside; let your mind leap! into the process. Ride the wave of What-if? Give yourself permission to step out of staid and into silly one short moment at a time.
Here’s the thing. Curiosity doesn’t kill the cat…curiosity breathes life in to the cat.
p.s. Interested in these writing prompts? Don’t be shy. Check out The Muse is In Writing Club.
p.p.s. The mouse got away.
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