I looked for the origin of the phrase “Curiosity killed the cat” and found that it was first found in a play written by Ben Johnson in 1598 and performed by William Shakespeare. However, the phrase as we know it today came from an story in the Washington Post March 4, 1916 with the Headline “Curiosity Killed the Cat.” The story was about a New York woman’s cat who managed to get behind a grate in the fireplace in her apartment and fell several stories. She called the police, fire department, health department, building department and court to get help for help. A plumber opened the back wall of the chimney and was able to get the cat out, but the cat had suffered a broken back and died soon after being retrieved.
I soon began to examine my own curiosity and the potential outcomes. I was left perplexed, after all isn’t curiosity the foundation for progress and learning? Why should we be cautious with our curious nature? As I replayed the story in my head it started to come to me. A similar saying, “Be careful for what you wish for, it may come true” soon came to mind and voila! When deciding to look for some thing, experience, or answer, be prepared. You may attract something into your life whether it be material in nature or an experience, but you may not be able to handle it. For example, I may somehow get a high end automobile and totally love it, but even the best built cars need maintenance and the more expensive the car, the more expensive the maintenance. If I don’t have the means to support the oil changes, tires, and tune ups, I won’t have it long.
The moral I was shown is simple. It’s okay to want more, be more and get more, just always be prepared for it. And never stop being grateful for what you have and are.