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Sunday, January 16, 2011

What are the benefits of being spontaneous?

The photograph above is one I took spontaneously this morning, simply because I enjoyed the bright blue winter sky as a backdrop to the church spire at All Saints Church in Birchington. 

There is going to be a change of management at one of my local pubs The Powell Arms. The brothers are moving on. Last night was their last evening at the pub, so those of us from the band decided to go and and have a drink with them. Andy and Phil have been very good to us having booked us on a few occasions and promoted us. Right at the last minute, we decided that we would set up and play some music as a bit of a send off for them. This was in no way an official gig, just a bit of a jam night for any musicians who wanted to come along. It was one of the best nights I have had out playing music.

By doing what we did spontaneously made the evening far more enjoyable. I believe the reasons for this are as follows: -

  • We had no expectation of what would happen.
  • There was no pressure to perform.
  • The fact there was very little pre-planning allowed space for creativity.
  • We did it for free. So it was a genuine gift, thereby allowing space for motivation as well as a thank you for the support we have had from the pub. 
Have you ever had a better experience of something when it is done spontaneously? 
We have all had times of planning a party or event. Lots of energy goes into it with lofty expectations of having a good time. Frequently, it turns out to be not as good as we hoped. 

Whenever a Christmas time meal comes around, I usually prefer not to go due to the restrictions of pre planning the venue, time limits, booking what you want to eat, dressing up.... Personally, I prefer to just go for a casual drink and see what happens on the night itself. Maybe going to a different venue and finishing the night off at a time when everybody is ready. 

Spontaneity is creative.
It provides unexpected and surprising results.
It allows for freedom of choice.
It brings new life experiences. 

Try doing something spontaneous today. 

  • Contact somebody you have not seen for a long while.
  • Send a friend a random text message to let them know you are thinking of them.
  • Go for a walk without pre-planning where you are going to go.
  • Book a last minute holiday or short break.
  • Make polite conversation with someone in a queue at the shops.
  • Tell someone you care about that you love them.
  • Think about something healthy that you would like to do and do it immediately.
All of the above, you have the right to choose to do. Whatever it is that you do, simply trust in your intuition. I believe we all have it. It's getting in touch with and trusting it that takes practice. 

Here's wishing you all a blessed Sunday.


P.S. "Hey Jude" is a cover we do at gigs. It's amazing how everyone spontaneously joins in. 

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  • Spontaneous - Proceeding from, or acting by, internal impulse, energy, or natural law, without external force. I have been doing a lot of it lately particularly when going to my office. Whenever I noticed someone beside me sneezing or simply someone sitting on a bench, greeting good morning..but on a gig, that would be different because not only you are enjoying while singing but the crowd as well. I am very much fascinated by these kind of enjoyment. I played bass guitar before and kinda reminisce what you had experienced. Great! Have a nice weekend..

    By Anonymous Brad Fallon, at Sun Jan 16, 03:24:00 PM GMT  

  • Thanks for your kind insight on this subject Brad. Have a nice weekend too!

    By Blogger Marty BoneIdol, at Sun Jan 16, 04:25:00 PM GMT  

  • Sounds as if you had a great evening.
    I try and contact people that come into my mind unprompted, someone that I havent seen in ages, pops into your head for no reason, I like to think God prompted me, but whatever spontanaity is often better than a long awaited planned event.

    By Blogger ascu75 aka Don, at Mon Jan 17, 03:30:00 PM GMT  

  • I like to think that God prompts me too Don. Thanks again for you kind comments.

    By Blogger Marty BoneIdol, at Mon Jan 17, 06:15:00 PM GMT  

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