Do you add an extra spice on a whim when trying a new recipe? How about adding a bright colored scarf to your outfit on the way out the door? I know you’ve picked up that item from Target that wasn’t on the list because you could not resist the elusive packaging!
Spontaneity is considered an art form.
Everything we do involves some sort of improvisation in any given situation. Conversations are a great example because you never really know what the person is going to say next. You’re in the moment thinking of clever and engaging responses to keep the dialogue interesting. There is probably nothing more joyful than watching the spontaneity of a child. They spot the cracks and crevices of objects in life because they live freely in the present.
Spontaneity can also be a recipe for problem-solving.
When a curve ball is thrown at you at the last minute, the first thing you do is think on your feet. Think about mapping out your entire day only to find out your car has to go to the shop. An improvisation occurs on the spot. You regroup and move on, problem solved.
The entire concept of improvisation in life and art, brings us up close and personal with creative energies we may not even know we had. It allows us to tap into a moment of being true to ourselves by forcing us to follow our immediate gut responses. Creativity is awakened if we allow ourselves to open up to it.
I spend a lot of time in airports. As a result, I experience a lot of flight delays which are out of my control. I’d be in a constant state of angst and frustration if I didn’t choose to use the time in an upbeat way. I look at this as an opportunity for free play; walking around in the stores; trying on silly hats; or delving deep into the indulgences of the tabloids. The delay will always take care of itself eventually, so I use this downtime to inject some play into my work day.
If you want to strengthen your own creative powers, live spontaneously in the moment at work, at home and at play. Enjoy the newfound excitement that comes with using your imagination in the moment. Right now. Today.