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Never Satisfied

 

If there is ever an argument I have with my wife, it’s about how I’m never satisfied. Always desiring to know more. I can never be comfortable. Never be complacent or content. Rarely am I satisfied and I’m never just okay being. I’m curious.

It’s easy to get comfortable. Easy to stop learning, to be indifferent, and to seek normality. I dream of being normal. I want to see things as they are and not ask why not. I want to see the pale shade of fizzless champagne as the sun slowly sets, rather than the bright sunset red of passion that burns steadily and deeply, that carries a person past initial excitement and through to completion.

The reality is . . . I think abstractly. I see things on a grand scale and in away I see things they way they should be. I’m a passionate creative. Always looking at pushing the boundaries, trying to innovate, always looking ahead rather than looking over my shoulder. Always tinkering, always trying to make something better. I cannot image living in a world where there was no curiosity. I love asking why and how questions. Curiosity and its unquenchable thirst is what fuels our imagination, pushes us to new heights, and brings about innovation. Inquisitiveness keeps us growing, stretching, changing, learning. It makes us better people. After all life is better when you feel it.

Like me, you have been created to live life to the hilt. As I write in my book Framing Faith, we have been given a world filled with mystery and wonder. Open your eyes to see things differently. To be more passionate. To seize the moments, you have been given. To explore. To discover. To be curious. To ask the why and how questions. To never be satisfied. Do the things people say cannot be done. This curiosity and non-complacency fuels our creativity and allows us to see true beauty. It’s in these moments when we stretch ourselves that we’re the most alive. It is how fascination, imagination, change and growth are born.

How will you begin to deepen your curiosity?

 

Matt Knisely

Matt Knisely is an Emmy Award–winning visual storyteller, creative director, and author who loves telling stories of the extraordinary. Make sure you check out his book Framing Faith, it helps connect the seemingly unconnected, see the beauty right in front of us, and revealing how to be present in the moment.

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  1. That curiosity is why I read, why I pick up my camera, why I listen to music, because I have an insatiable desire to feel something in the marrow of my bones, to be shattered by beauty, pierced by words, drawn into the rhythm and harmony. That curiosity is I discuss with my kids, because we are somehow raising a whole family of creatives — fine arts, words, photography, music, costuming, hair and make-up, coding and game design. This houseful of teens and early 20’s amaze me, challenge me, push me to see differently…like your book. You speak the words I live, and your words? They are all gift. Thank you!

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