Fun often is spontaneous.

Please reflect and share. How does this play out for you?

Most of us could use more fun in our lives. We’re too busy being caught up in routine daily activities and weathering the serious events going on around us. And there certainly has been plenty to be serious about in the last year and a half, along with limited opportunities for fun social interactions.

We likely do try to schedule more fun for ourselves—date nights, family activities, get togethers with friends, meals out. We look forward to these events, but sadly sometimes they don’t live up to our expectations. Reality doesn’t always match up to the ideas we have about what would be enjoyable.

In part, this is because key components of fun are surprise, wonder, and discovery. If we’re scripting upcoming events in our minds, we’re essentially eliminating this element. Should the activity veer from our mental agenda, we’re likely disappointed rather than exploratory.

Today’s message comes courtesy of Nimbus, a recent addition to our cat family. A rescued former caged breeder cat, he is making up for lost time by squeezing every possible drop of fun out of life.

Nimbus invites me to join him in his joyful endeavors. Anything—bookshelves, bed sheets, bottle caps, bathtubs—is a potential opportunity for enjoyment. He reminds me that although my idea of fun might differ slightly it doesn’t have to, and anything properly approached can be a source of enjoyment. I am learning that joyful silliness is a virtue.

How about you? Are you open to spontaneous fun?