October 23, 2013

in the generous life

I received this tweet recently from a gentleman:

Don’t you feel spontaneity is important as well? Not everything should be a plan.

I will be the first to acknowledge that I am “spontaneity challenged,” so I do tend to think in terms of “planning.”

That said, spontaneity often needs a helping hand from planning, organization and general preparation.

If your games are well organized and in a convenient place, you can play a game with your man on the spur of the moment (as opposed to digging around to find that game and spending more time searching than playing).

If you have your bedroom straightened and your bedroom items tucked where you can find them easily, then a little afternoon delight is an easy thing.

If your pantry is full and organized, you can whip up his favorite cookies whenever you like, instead of having to run to the store for ingredients, washing up a few dishes and “Where are those cookie sheets?”

Spontaneity is great, yes, it really is. Spontaneity can communicate love in a way that is like a party for your spouse’s heart. It says I have a free moment and I want to spend it with you! Now!

Just make that easier for yourself … with a little planning (OK, I couldn’t help myself).

He who is best prepared can best serve his moment of inspiration.  Samuel Taylor Coleridge


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Megan@DoNotDisturb October 23, 2013 at 1:08 pm

I’m not a particularly spontaneous person either but it’s always good to change it up from time to time. Thanks for another great reminder.



Buffy October 24, 2013 at 10:22 am

I understand what you’re saying here, however for the non spontaneous challenged person all those “planning” ideas that supposedly make “spontaneity” easier can actually take away from it. The quick trip to the store for ingredients, or washing up a few dishes so that you can make the cookies is PART of the spontaneous activity, not preventing the activity.

I only say this because as a non planner, people who love to plan (or need to plan) really don’t get it. They don’t understand how washing the dishes just to bake cookies is fun. That running to the store for one thing to make cookies isn’t a trial but shows the true nature of the word unplanned, doing something you didn’t expect to do. For a non planner I feel like the our culture is driven by planners and I see the wisdom in that most days, but sometimes it closes in on you and you need something completely UNPLANNED to help overcome it. I think that is what a lot of people who want spontaneity are saying when they want spontaneity, a spouse who realizes that it doesn’t matter HOW the cookies came to be – by design or by desire – it is that they came and were tasty.


Lori - The Generous Wife October 24, 2013 at 6:04 pm

Buffy, thanks for your comment. Spontaneous folks everywhere will be blessed. :)


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