I have been thinking lately about flexibility, spontaneity, and structure, and the balance we must have of each in our lives. I like structure. My husband is spontaneous. I loved this when we were dating, because it meant that we would have surprise, at-the-drop-of-a-hat dates, and lots of memories made in moments that would have otherwise been lonely or tedious. I still love this trait (I am not the type who turns around and hates the traits in my husband that I loved in my boyfriend). But it takes preparation to be spontaneous, at least on my part. I usually spend my Saturday mornings cleaning house and preparing for the Sabbath so that when Jeremy comes home from work in the afternoon, I can be free to join in whatever he feels like doing – whether it’s a planned date or just a spur-of-the-moment idea. If I have not been diligent to make the preparations needed, I am not free to join in. This quote from one of my favorite blogs reminded me of that. “The readiness is all”. Being ready to be spontaneous requires structure and a certain amount of preparedness. And flexibility is necessary for when plans – new or long in place – get re-directed.