Spontaneous: Five Minute Friday

It’s Friday and that can only mean one thing on the blog–Five Minute Friday! This week, I am joining friends from the link up to write according to our prompt which is Spontaneous.

Do you ever feel the urge to restart?

Right now, I wish I could crawl back in bed with my husband (and our daughter who made her way into our bed at some point in the night.) I woke up this morning after hitting snooze a few too many times. My preset coffee pot didn’t work and I think it’s actually broken this time. My head’s a little fuzzy from having stayed up too late watching Grey’s Anatomy last night. And my preplanned outfit for teaching on Constitution Day is wrinkled because my daughter saw it laying out last night and messed it up.

Despite all of my efforts to produce a smooth Friday morning it’s already shaping up to be anything but smooth.

I’m already running behind and I’m going to have to stop and get a coffee on the way to work. I need to iron my t-shirt, but I probably won’t if I’m being honest.

I just want to curl up in bed and restart.

It’s days like these that can make teaching a difficult job. I am an Enneagram One, and when my well-planned mornings don’t follow routine it can throw me off. I depend on the order and efficiency to start my day and when those things aren’t there I can get moody quickly.

Studying the Enneagram taught me many things about myself. It allowed me to recognize my habits and gave voice to my inner dialogue. Because I read about the Enneagram in Ian Morgan Cron’s book I also know that spontaneity is not natural for me. I thrive on planning and organizing my life as much as possible. But one thing I have learned about being a One is that as unnatural as it may be that being spontaneous every now and again can breathe life into the routines.

Today, I will seek out ways to be spontaneous in the midst of the chaos. Maybe I’ll try a new food or go for a stroll on a new path. Whatever may come today may opportunities to deviate from my plans bring the restart that I so desperately need.

The Ameri Brit Mom

6 thoughts on “Spontaneous: Five Minute Friday

  1. Chaos is my middle name,
    disaster is my first,
    disorder is my claim to fame,
    and when world’s at its worst
    is when my heart doth come alive,
    and I grow the broadest grin;
    with others aching to survive,
    I am set out to win
    this day that the Lord hath made,
    however it be flawed.
    It’s a trait I wouldn’t trade,
    though others find it odd,
    and wife would rather stay in bed
    after whacking me upside the head.


  2. I love this Lauren, not that you had a bad start to the day. I hope it went well after all that, but I love your thoughts on the need for spontaneity for people who love everything to be organised and need to stick to a routine. That’s me and I need to learn spontaneity. Thanks for sharing. Kath, your FMF neighbour at #5 this week (which is almost over 😉 ).


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