Down the Rabbit-Hole
Alice was beginning to get very tired of sitting by her sister on the bank, and of having nothing to do: once or twice she had peeped into the book her sister was reading, but it had no pictures or conversations in it, `and what is the use of a book,’ thought Alice `without pictures or conversation?’
So she was considering in her own mind (as well as she could, for the hot day made her feel very sleepy and stupid), whether the pleasure of making a daisy-chain would be worth the trouble of getting up and picking the daisies, when suddenly a White Rabbit with pink eyes ran close by her.
There was nothing so very remarkable in that; nor did Alice think it so very much out of the way to hear the Rabbit say to itself, `Oh dear! Oh dear! I shall be late!’ (when she thought it over afterwards, it occurred to her that she ought to have wondered at this, but at the time it all seemed quite natural); but when the Rabbit actually took a watch out of its waistcoat–pocket, and looked at it, and then hurried on, Alice started to her feet, for it flashed across her mind that she had never before seen a rabbit with either a waistcoat-pocket, or a watch to take out of it, and burning with curiosity, she ran across the field after it, and fortunately was just in time to see it pop down a large rabbit-hole under the hedge.
In another moment down went Alice after it, never once considering how in the world she was to get out again.
CURIOUS and….. CURIOUSER!
Alice in Wonderland celebrates the value of curiosity. For Alice’s confidence in being curious brings about the greatest adventures of her life.
Alice follows the white rabbit because she is ‘burning with curiosity’ and does not check herself, she does not censor, she just allows her mind to go out to play.. to wander literally and figuratively, for ‘ what is the use of a book…without pictures or conversations.’ Alice wants a new story so she follows her curiosity and unsurprisingly CURIOUS things begin to happen!
Alice creates her own story through a wonderful combination of wondering and wandering, and thus Alice in Wonderland involves a whole cast of whimsical witty figures, each as imaginatively alive as the next.
Perhaps Alice’s boredom encourages her to take a risk, to follow the White Rabbit and to trust to random fate. Have you noticed the intuitive way in which Alice’s mind is described?
Curiosity is ‘natural’ and provides Alice with the avenues to adventure.
She pursues a journey involving ‘not minding’ and this encourages a liberating series of encounters with a whole host of maverick characters including the hasty White Rabbit, the eccentric Mad Hatter and the irascible Queen of hearts!
Alice follows her imagination and leaves behind the tiredness of her more constrained ‘real’ life.
I wonder if leaving behind the tired behaviours of our familiar lives with their familiar habits, propels us into fresh understandings, fresh perceptions and delightful connections with others and our world.
How many of us would actually notice the magical ”white rabbits” in our lives, and in missing the White Rabbit and the Queen of Hearts, aren’t we in so many ways, missing so many chances for curiosity to transport us to magical places?
So tilt your head to one side and look out for that ”white rabbit”, just out of the corner of your eye!
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