Monday, November 21, 2005
By John Naulin
We all want to be spontaneous. We want to grab life with vigor and shake all we can out of it!
But, some of us think too much. Our obsessive desire to analyze everything to death grabs hold and we in turn ruin many if life’s special moments. The spontaneous moments.
Here’s an example. Two individuals are faced with a romantic weekend away. Let’s see how they each respond:
The Truly Spontaneous person ?
Wow, a weekend in the mountains!
I’ll bet this is going to be an adventure. I can’t wait!
This is fun. The room is nice.
The weather is great. My partner is being very romantic.
Wow, what a fabulous time!
The trip was great. The romance ?? Great!
I can’t wait till we get another opportunity like that.
The Overly Analytical Person ?
My partner has asked me to go to the mountains for the weekend.
I wonder what he/she is after.
How should I dress? After all I don’t want seem too eager do I?
Good thing I brought all my clothes cause the weather is better than I’d thought.
What does my partner expect? After all the room was designed for sex.
Does he/she think I’m the kind of person to fall head over heals for a romantic room?
Why is he/she doting on me? Why doesn’t he/she pay this much attention to me at home?
Well, that was pretty good! I’ve still got the moves!
What was that all about?
What am I supposed to do now? Does he/she think that one romantic weekend will turn me into his/her drooling love slave?
Just how much am I willing to give up for the occasional romp in the mountains?
Exactly who does he/she think they’re kidding?
Well, if he/she thinks so little of my character, they can just go to Hell!?
An exaggeration? Unfortunately not. Too many people think exactly like this and as a result they miss out on a lot that life has to offer.
Ask yourself which person you are in the scenario outlined above. If you look deeply enough a lot will see at least part of themselves in the second individual.
Try not to over think life. Here is one way to start:
Plan a trip by not planning it. Pick a destination and make a room reservation; nothing more.
Once there, look at the paper to see what’s happening in town, or ask the staff at the motel. Explore the area. Get lost and find your way back by stopping at all the interesting little places you see along the way.
Regain the inquisitive child in you and relax and enjoy the adventure!
Grab life and shake it, my friends! What falls out may surprise you.
God provides us with so many opportunities to live …. don’t drown them with your own insecurity. Be spontaneous!
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