I set the alarm last night for this morning. I don’t normally do that because I have a child that historically can sense when an alarm is going to go off and wakes up about 20 minutes before it. But lately said child has been sleeping in, and while it’s a lovely treat, I need to recognize that I am a morning person and the rush that occurs after a 7:45am wake-up is just not the best way to start my day.
This all happened because last week I found a notebook that I had written in 4 years ago to the day. It’s creepy like that. Lexi was 12 days away from turning one and I had done some online exercise to determine what elements needed to be a part of my day and my week to feel like it had been a great week.
For giggles I thought I’d spend this week seeing if those things remain true. So far that’s very much the case.
One of the things on my list: take 5 minutes to learn about something I’m curious about.
I am curious by nature, but it is still something that needs to be nurtured because as the rush of the day goes by sometimes I find myself content letting a lot of questions go by unasked.
So today I spent five minutes learning more about goats. Capra being named after the italian word for goat was mostly an inside joke. But the more I learn about them the more I see that it is the perfect fit – unintentionally perfect. Sometimes things work out better than you really believed they could.
My favorite thing I learned about goats this morning: Goats will test fences, either intentionally or simply because they are handy to climb on. If any of the fencing can be spread, pushed over or down, or otherwise be overcome, the goats will escape. (thanks Wikipedia)
I like this because it speaks to a goat’s curiosity – about a goat’s willingness to see what happens out there – and it’s not passive – they’re not waiting for the gate to open. You know what else I love? It says the goats will escape. It’s not that they may or that they could or that they might. It’s that they will. They see an opportunity to move forward? They take it. It’s brave and unknowing but they’re compelled to do it.
Next time I see a goat I’m teaching it to high-five.
Now I’m curious -what are you going to take 5 minutes to learn today?