are you doing today to personally enrich your life? Are you willing to redirect
a segment of your routine, and explore the possibility of experiencing
something different? What is holding you back? Is it the fear of the unknown,
lack of knowledge, or potential disappointment? What if the opposite occurred
such as joy, pride, a sense of accomplishment, personal growth and greater
wisdom? How would you know what the outcome could be if you never try?
the last time you were spontaneous? Spontaneous is defined as, “performed or
occurring as a result of a sudden inner impulse or inclination and without
premeditation or external stimulus”. I believe it is the inner impulse to push
past what is, and experience what can be. In other words, get out of your
comfort zone and seek a bit of the discomfort zone. Of course, there should
always be a conscious level of common sense and responsibility associated with
going out on a limb. You would not go skydiving without a parachute and proper
preparation, but the mere fact that you could experience such a feat would be
exhilarating. Tapping into your further potential and experiencing something
new enhances your sense of self, and ignites a spirit of living life to its
fullest. This potential for personal growth and enrichment resides in all of
us. All you have to do is believe it exists.
The nature and type of growth is
not the same for all of us, but the innate desire for more than what we are is
a commonality of interest we all share. Responsible spontaneity unleashes
adventure, excitement, passion, fun and most importantly a newness and sense of
feeling alive. It enhances ones-self, personal relationships, family dynamics
and an understanding that life does not have to be taken so seriously and be
mundane all the time.
From a self-respect perspective, disengage from the value
you put on the assessment, judgment and reflection of you from others. Be you!
Not easy, but how do you genuinely know who you are, if who you are is based on
someone other than you? We are all provided some level of insight, guidance and
mentorship from others and it is to be valued. However, to base the essence of
who you are completely on the assessment of others, is irresponsible and
undermines the intrinsic value of your oneness with self.
To be spontaneous is
to be aware of a passion you may have or want to have. Art, literature, music,
fitness, travel, food, wine, love and laughter are just a few passions one may
have. Well, bring them to fruition and participate in the process of how they may
lift up the living experience of your life. How fun to experience what you have
not experienced. To be spontaneous does not necessarily exclude post spontaneous thoughtful
planning. I may have a spontaneous thought of wanting to travel to Arizona and
hike the Grand Canyon, but following up on that spontaneous thought will take
some planning and preparation. However, do not let that passion go by the
wayside to just wishful thinking. Make it happen and how fun and joyful will
that be? Try a new restaurant, a new pair of pants, a new dress, a new pair of
shoes, a new workout routine, a new yoga class or a new coffee shop. You can
always go back to what was if that is your favorite, but at least you have open
the door to a new adventure and created an option of experience for the
future. Good or bad, it only adds to the volume of your life experience.
Love who you are, because I genuinely believe there is much to love. Experience what you can, because experience is endless. There is no finite to the depth of experience. Every breath you take, tone you hear, touch you feel, sight you see, encounter you may have, emotion you may process, thought you may ponder, internal sense you may struggle with, and spiritual wonderment you may question are what makes waking up each morning a privilege. It is a blessing and an opportunity to be more than you can be. Be spontaneous in forgiving those who have hurt you. Be spontaneous in forgiving yourself for your mistakes. Be spontaneous in being kind, respectful and loving to those around you. Be spontaneous in speaking goodness and optimism. Be spontaneous in not judging others, but rather attempting to understand the other side. Allow love to be spontaneous. Enjoy the experience of doing what is unexpected