Definitions: (1) acting playfully or creatively upon a sudden impulse; (2) not premeditated; not contrived or manipulated; natural; (3) done or resulting from one’s own desire

Too Far: capricious

Saying: Carpe diem (Latin): “Seize the day.”

Comment: Each quality has a default level. But you can change that level by being open to it when it comes up in your life. Consciously supporting it enhances it.

Observation: Automatic versus Spontaneous

Your automatic reactions are put into play immediately without thought. They could be very complex responses or as simple as flight or fight. Your habitual reactions have been created genetically over many generations. You can and have modified them somewhat by your conscious actions.

A spontaneous response could, at the least, be the same as an automatic response. But it also could be much more flexible. As you add a wider range of possible options, you extend your responsiveness.