Curiosity conquers fear

Monkey business in Roatan, Honduras 2011

Monkey business in Roatan, Honduras 2011

“Curiosity will conquer fear even more than bravery will.” — James Stephens

I’m not a particularly brave person, but my curiosity about almost everything knows no bounds, and I can vouch for the truth of Stephens’ observation about its power to overcome fear.  Through the years, my curiosity has often met with disdain: “Why should you want to know that?” or “Curiosity killed the cat!” even when my questions are focused on ideas and the world at large, as they almost always are.  People who are not innately curious may find it hard to understand the benefit of such an inquiring spirit, but it has kept me from despair more times than I could number.  The world is just too fascinating a place for me to stay immersed for very long in my personal grief.


  1. Love your observations. I need to be more curious!

    • I think you are very interested in what’s going on in the world, although perhaps not as “nosey” as I am!

  2. Mike Bertoglio

    I suppose we can also be curious about our death? – what takes place -where we go etc. Not sure that helps me.

    • Mike, I find that being curious about what heaven will be like is quite agreeable. There are those who feel that the Christian faith is just a crutch, but we (my family and I) believe the Bible absolutely, so when we start to wonder about death, we lean on our faith. For Christians who believe that heaven is a better place to be, every funeral for a believer is a mixture of grief and celebration.

  3. Fran Kettren

    Your curiosity always challenged me to think outside the box. I remember standing in your Vandenberg kitchen while you made cookies; you shared so many ideas about living a Christian life and what it meant to you. I hungered after that for your wisdom and views. You are a wise lady! So thankful for your blog! So sad for your battles you are fighting. Love and prayers!

    • Thank you, Fran! It’s wonderful to hear from you. Those California memories are more precious to us than ever. So glad to have you visit us here online.


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