PUB­LISHER’S LET­TER

WHAT HAP­PENED TO SPON­TANE­ITY?

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When was the last time you were spon­ta­neous? The last time you lis­tened to your in­ner soul, an in­ner impulse? The last time you were happy and ex­cited about some­thing? The last time you said, “oh yeah,” and cut loose, having an im­promptu good time with friends, fam­ily or even strangers?

Spon­tane­ity calls for de­vi­at­ing from your set-in-stone daily rou­tine and try­ing some­thing new. It can be sur­pris­ingly fun—and healthy for the soul.

Too often we let a heavy work­load or cer­tain fam­ily du­ties hold us back. But if we are hon­est with our­selves and stop mak­ing ex­cuses, I be­lieve we can find our spon­ta­neous spirit again.

For sure, your fam­ily will love it, es­pe­cially if you are tak­ing them on an ad­ven­ture, whether it’s a shop­ping ex­cur­sion or a spur-of-the-moment boat ride. How­ever, be pre­pared, as you may en­counter re­sis­tance from someone whose habit it is to plan ahead rather than act im­pul­sively. I be­lieve if you choose the right ac­tiv­ity, you’ll find that peo­ple can be per­suaded to join you.

No doubt, nowa­days it can be a chal­lenge, es­pe­cially with our younger gen­er­a­tion. A good ex­am­ple is the shop­ping ex­cur­sion. Rather than hit the stores, to see, touch, try on or try out the mer­chan­dise, younger shop­pers are more likely to just go on­line via one of their tech tools and or­der what they want. And some­times with­out even ask­ing them­selves, “do I really have to have it?” Af­ter all, they can re­turn it if it does not ful­fill their ex­pec­ta­tions.

Yet, when you think about it, ques­tions arise: Where is the re­spect to­ward these busi­nesses that have sent you the prod­uct, and where is the real in­ter­ac­tion with an ex­pert who would guide you to find the right item? When you just hit a sub­mit but­ton, you’re not even re­ceiv­ing com­pli­ments from a sales­per­son as to how good you look in the new out­fit or an ex­pla­na­tion of how the item func­tions to help make your life eas­ier.

We all know it’s al­most ef­fort­less to shop on­line—you can even or­der food from su­per­mar­kets and restau­rants—but as long as we are mobile and in good health, we really should get out and do things. In the world we live in, we run the risk of even­tu­ally los­ing our hu­man con­nec­tion with oth­ers, our so­cial abil­ity to in­ter­act, and our spon­tane­ity.

An­other sce­nario is the use of Wi-Fi when on va­ca­tion. How often do you spend hours search­ing for a sig­nal so you can fi­nally post a photo or com­ment? This is valu­able time lost, which could have been bet­ter spent do­ing some­thing spon­ta­neous with your trav­el­ing com­pan­ions, learn­ing about your sur­round­ings, or just having fun in­ter­act­ing with oth­ers in­stead of star­ing at a hand­held de­vice.

Life is too short for dull mo­ments. If we just share our thoughts and try to be spon­ta­neous, ev­ery day could be filled with so much more ex­cite­ment.

Daniela J. Jaeger Group Daniela Pub­lisher, J. Jaeger TOTI Me­dia

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