In the Plan or Improv?

First of all, my apologies for no blog in such a long time!  It has been on my mind so much but as you know if you've read my blog for long, I do not like to blog just to write.  I truly do want to be inspiring and if I'm not inspired, I don't blog. Oh, I jot down random thoughts and quotes always hoping I'll get back to them. May, however, has been one of those months when busy personal schedule met busy work schedule and there was virtually no time left over. One thing I have learned about myself by writing this blog is that when I am too busy, I am rarely inspired. 

So now that Jenna's graduation and all that surrounds it are done and my sweet sisters have flown home, it is time to get back to a routine (do I have one?), clean up the party remnants, and spend more time reflecting and writing. Planning has been the priority for every area of my life lately. Planning went into deciding which creative projects I wanted done for Jenna (oh, and then doing them!),  preparing for company (even if it IS family), party details and schedule details at home. At work, we have been up to our eyeballs in planning and executing the details for our new catalogue (my personal favorite to date, since I have been with TAC), as well as planning and preparing for our annual Seminar. In addition, I have been asked to take a tour to the Wisconsin Dells/Mackinac Island in about 10 days. Opportunities for tours are quite simply, something I can never pass up!  You know what that means though… yep – more planning!

So, am I just trying to bore you to tears with the details of my life? No, my point is this. I spend a lot of time planning and take things much too seriously.  I'm not too spontaneous, though I love to be when it happens.  I found a video on YouTube yesterday (that led to about 6 more) done by a group called Improv Everywhere. They are a group of talented people that have the ability to turn life into a musical. Their subject matter is not the weighty social issues.  It is things like fruit and napkins. Yep. I think their mission in life is just to be a joyful interruption in our otherwise {sometimes} mundane and serious lives. I found that two things happened as I watched them. I smiled and I was inspired. So, I thought it was something I should pass along. Here is the link to the first one I watched… . After that, you can click on to others they have done, such as over 200 people freezing in place in Grand Central Station. It was so much fun to not only watch them but also the unsuspecting people who were watching them. Another one of my favorites was of Bob, trying to get over 2000 high-fives from strangers as they rode up the escalator.

Improv Everywhere may not answer any of your nagging questions, but it may shine a fresh light of perspective on your life.  Is it ok to stop and enjoy the music? Is it permissable to laugh with people you don't know? Could high-fiving a stranger make you feel a little better about your day?  I was inspired to be a bit more light-hearted and spontaneous; to smile more often and enjoy a little more. My thoughts turned to how I could create some of those fun experiences on tour and before I knew it, I was planning again!  OK, so evidently, my personality is not suited to improv, but I'm at least going to take a few more steps toward that end!

Here's to moments of improv!  Have a great week!


About debbierivers

I love to share what I can whenever I can. My goal is to live simply and love lavishly. I enjoy inspiring others with my writing. I am married to Steve and am the mother to two beautiful daughters, Hannah and Jenna, and grandmother to Kinsley. My desire is to encourage and to bless others through my life and my words.
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