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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Curiosity Killed the Cat (10/10/13)

TITLE: Was it Curiosity or Worry that Killed the Cat?
By steve gilbert
10/14/13


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For the most part when one hears the phrase “Curiosity Killed the Cat””images of an act of foolishness, followed by a disaster, quickly come to mind. However, the original proverb meant something completely different. Wikipedia states that: “The original form of the proverb, now little used, was ‘Care killed the cat’. In this instance, ‘care’ was defined as ‘worry’ or ‘sorrow.’" I could not help but think of the how many times we have allowed worry or sorrow to kill or derail our dreams and enthusiasm for life. We come and go as we please usually doing what feels good to us. Even as Christians we tend to put our own desires first especially when life is good. Then we get that call from the doctor, our boss, or someone else who gives us news that stops us in our tracks. Our curiosity for life quickly changes to worry or sorrow and if not checked can lead us on a path of pain and despair. Don’t misunderstand. There is a place for sorrow and concern. It is a natural human emotion and in some cases can be a valuable guide for maneuvering through life’s difficult situations. However, the worry and stress that I am referring to is the non productive, life draining inability to look past the present and move forward to the future. The Bible reminds us over and over not to worry while at the same time tells us sorrow can be so deep that it feels like we are at the point of death. It is only through a close relationship with Christ and a knowledge of His Word can we turn worry and sorrow into acceptance and peace. We spend more time making sure we know the details of the employee handbook than we do the handbook of life. We are more eager to cancel plans with the family to finished that project for work than we are to turn off the 18th re-run of an old TV program and memorize one verse of scripture. Curiosity can be a good thing. It can drive us to understand what the Bible really says about something instead of just quoting a popular verse with no real meaning as to how it applies to our daily lives. So the next time you hear the phrase “Curiosity Killed the Cat” remember that real curiosity did not kill the cat…it was the worry and sorrow of not having the tools to deal with the situation in a manner that brought glory to our Father


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Larry Whittington10/17/13
Very interesting slant on the old phrase. I learned something new.

Your article should be divided into more paragraphs. Each new main idea could be a new paragraph.

Short paragraphs can actually emphasize a point.

You connected the phrase to some useful concepts found in the Bible.

We need to catch ourselves as we evaluate a Bible verse so we gain the truth it contains.

Interesting thought in your article.
Pinkie Bagele Taolo10/18/13
This article is an eye opener, i have learnt a lot from it.

It would be good to use paragraphs in your article.

Otherwise ...good job!
Philippa Geaney 10/19/13
I enjoyed the alternative and/or the original context of the phrase. It is a great reminder. Thank you.
CD Swanson 10/21/13
Very good job with the topic... you brought forward an interesting and historical overview of the cliche, while providing an important message in the process.

I especially liked this part: We spend more time making sure we know the details of the employee handbook than we do the handbook of life.

Very good!

God bless~
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 10/21/13
This is really good and attacks the topic in a fresh and interesting way. You made me stop and think and that is good.

I challenge you to get your message across without using the topic words. It wouldn't be easy, but some of the best on topic stories never mention the topic words. I think you're good enough to pull it off with some work.

I found your piece interesting and easy to follow. Though it might benefit from shorter paragraphs with double space between them, I think you have a lot of potential. You were on topic and did so in a way I haven't seen yet. This is a delightful read from beginning to end.
Amelia Brown 10/23/13
Your piece is very informative. You took us on a walk down history lane. I'll say nothing more on the paragraph issue. Continue writing.