When you clear fifty years of accumulated belongings including two cars from a house in twelve days, almost everything happens spontaneously. You decide how to disposition items on the spot, you hire specialists as soon as you find them, you field phone calls in the moment, and, in my case, you adapt when the internet goes out for five days and when you lock yourself out of your mother’s car at the post office. I coordinated the movers, the realtor, two Goodwill pick-ups, neighbors picking up items and others who requested last-minute furniture delivery from our movers, a freon disposal guy, a garage cleaner, a senior move specialist, a document shredding truck, a handyman, and disconnecting the unneeded utilities. It felt like a miracle on the last day when the realtor said she didn’t even need to hire cleaners before showing the house.
“Spontaneity: The ability to act appropriately and without hesitation in an unplanned moment.” Spontaneity comes when taking a leap, when you don’t allow fear to impede you, when you trust what comes. Our house clearing experience drove spontaneity because we didn’t have the luxury of time. For example, when our garage clearing contact called, we invited him over immediately to see what he faced. By the end of the next day everything from an old bathroom vanity to an empty TV console as well as fifty years of accumulated scrap wood and yard chemicals either found new homes or their final resting places.
“Follow your intuitive promptings and explore the full spectrum of your creativity.” Creativity and intuition both arise in the moment, when you plug into now. Mary Burmeister, who brought Jin Shin Jyutsu® (JSJ) acupressure to the U.S. from Japan, reminded students to “Be The Flow.” When being the flow, you remember your place in the larger scheme, relaxing into what supports and carries you, accepting the paradox of your simultaneous significance and insignificance.
When does spontaneity come easily? Do you enjoy spontaneity or do you prefer to plan?
*The spontaneity quotes came from The Original Angel Card Book – Inspirational Messages and Meditations by Kathy Tyler and Joy Drake.