Has this spontaneity topic ever been surprising and educational to me! Our latest discussion of Empath Empowerment has morphed into a conversation about habits, loathing of structure, and what to do when you cannot abide scheduled ANYTHING.
For background, in that conversation there were references to Myers-Briggs, a typing system with four different categories. One of them is whether you are:
- A “P” — for which the simple summary is that you prefer spontaneity.
- A “J” — for which the simple summary is that you prefer order, structure.
Within each of these four categories, what complicates things is that you can be just a bit in that category. Or you can be very extremely in that category. Or anywhere in-between.
In terms of Myers-Briggs, I already knew I was an extreme, extreme J. For instance, graduates of my workshops consistently praise how much they learn. I think that’s because I prepare loads of handouts plus highly structured segments and processes.
All this sets the stage for spontaneity: Only repeat participants discover how every workshop becomes a unique improv, based on who comes and whichever questions they ask. Definitely, though, structure first.
So commited I am to structure, I never considered how readers of my books — and this blog — might not operate that way. At all!
Joke on me then, when folks started commenting at SANDY’S wonderful guest post. Many are extreme J’s. ISABELLA C. and EMILY from our Enlightenment Life List, for instance. Given that thread…
Here’s a delightful follow-up from Blog-Buddy ZELDA. Blog-Buddies, you’re invited to share how you juggle habits, structure, and spontaneity.