From MERRIAM WEBSTER dictionary: Definition of spontaneous
“1 : proceeding from natural feeling or native tendency without external constraint
2 : arising from a momentary impulse
3 : controlled and directed internally : self-acting spontaneous movement characteristic of living things
4 : produced without being planted or without human labor : indigenous
5 : developing or occurring without apparent external influence, force, cause, or treatment
6 : not apparently contrived or manipulated : natural”
Spontaneity is the quality or state of being spontaneous.
I must admit, I love spontaneous. Give me an unplanned day and I feel it is a gift. But that also has it’s opposite; last minutes change of plans sometimes upset my internal clock. There are spontaneous actions which can be life saving or catastrophic. But for this blog, I will be considering speaking spontaneous. When I speak spontaneously, sometimes it is wisdom and sometimes it is obtuse. Opposite sides of the coin – wisdom or obtuse. (Guess most everything has it’s opposite; feeling, effect, outcome, etc.)
Lets look at OBTUSE (one of the opposites of wisdom):
Definition of obtuse
“Lacking sharpness or quickness of sensibility or intellect : insensitive, stupid.
Difficult to comprehend : not clear or precise in thought or expression.”
What guides me to speak spontaneously with Wisdom or Obtuseness? Basically it seems to be whether I am speaking from the emotional feeling of love/concern, or anger/ indignation/wrath.
Therefore; I would recommend to myself that before i blurt out spontaneous words, I check to see my emotional state. If I am feeling unrighteous or needing vindication or anger; I would advise myself to wait to sleep on my response instead of being spontaneous.
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