Disciplined Spontaneity

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“Thinking is difficult,
that's why most people judge." 

— Carl Jung 

[Classic post from 2-8-16]

Until I saw this quote, I had never thought about judging in this way, and it seems true to me that almost all my judging comes without any thinking. It is a more spontaneous response. Given the time and effort to really think about it, I might not have responded so quickly, and most likely not with such quick negative judgment.

My mother taught me at a very young age that when something makes you upset, count to ten before responding. I think she got it from her mother, and so on. Not a bad choice. Any delay can be helpful.

Spontaneity can be beneficial in some respects, but in anger and frustration, I think not. I like how Alan Watts says it: “He has very disciplined spontaneity." That's a good thing under the circumstances, don't you agree?

When it comes to anger caused response, having a disciplined spontaneity will serve us all very well.

Let Us Give That Idea Some Thought. . . It Might Help. 

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