I must say first that I did not plan to write this post. It is a spontaneous idea that I had upon replying to a comment on my post The Child Effect.
The Child Effect post highlighted the spontaneous actions of children to respond to needy people. The post described a very young girl donating her recharge card for her mobile phone to a charity serving premature babies. The rippling effect of her spontaneous action prompted people to donate resulting in the collection of millions of pounds.
Cyndi Wilkins commented by sharing the story of her daughter. Cyndi wrote “This story reminds me of my daughter…She was very young when that terrible tsunami devastated Sri Lanka…While we were watching the news story on television, she ran to her room and grabbed her piggy bank, and brought it to us. She said she wanted to help all those people by giving them all her money. We shared the story with friends and they were so moved they all donated too. Many of their businesses made matching donations as well…What a difference one little girl and her pink piggy bank can make”.
I replied to Cyndi “It is amazing what children can achieve without planning. Doing well for the sake of it does indeed have a rippling effect.
I am wondering how much spontaneity may replace plan.”
The charity for premature children planned its activities and yet collected a small amount of donations. The children managed in both stories to move hearts so that huge donations resulted.
Do we tend with planning to discharge hearts from their emotions? Do employees lose their passion with over-planning?
We keep telling people to enjoy the moment. This contradicts being spontaneous and living the NOW. Planning is for the future and not for the NOW.
Living for the NOW means being spontaneous, flexible, agile, and creative. The future is getting more and more unpredictable and many plans can go wrong if can.
Murphy’s Law applies to planning as well. Plans can go wrong if can. This failed planning fills people with anxiety and deprives them of enjoying the NOW.
In spite, all of the above planning can be very useful in showing us where plans deviated. We have an opportunity to learn from this deviation. Planners are more efficient in anticipating future risks and finding ways to thwart them.
In activities that require emotional charging of people, I tend to say that spontaneity is the way to go.
We need to plan but also not over-planning to drain our spontaneity and associated fun. I say that some planning plus spontaneity is the way to go.
What do you think? Please share your thoughts.