Weekly Thought – May 9, 2023
Fred had no patience with those who complained, “I’m bored!” whether voiced by a child or adult. He and Mary Alice handled their responses differently when hearing those words from the children: Fred encouraged study, thought, or writing while Mary Alice could immediately think of a household task which would cure any amount of boredom.
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Boredom is the dry rot of our souls. It comes when we feel what we are doing isn’t worth the time, isn’t interesting, challenging, or entertaining. I find boredom can be the result of living too efficiently, and less effectively. That is, when our life becomes a series of habits and routines, drying up our creative juices.
Oftentimes children say to their parents, “I’m bored!” The best answer for that is one question: “What are you going to do about it?” We must learn early in life it is our responsibility to handle that emotion. It is not the job of others to keep our life interesting.
An extended state of boredom opens a door into pseudo-sophistication or melancholy. We refuse to lift ourselves by our emotional bootstraps our of the quagmire. Here are three actions I have suggested to those who come to me with the “I am bored” complaint.
1) Break off the repetitive pattern of life. In other words, make a change that will help us use our minds, and not just be habitual. Routines are helpful, but they can also lead to malaise.
2) Add something good to your life. Start a new activity, begin a new hobby, see the old things in new ways, and do something specifically helpful for others each day. I sat down with a young person with the “boring” words. I challenged him to make a list of all the activities he could name in five minutes that would bring positive change. With no hesitation, a list of nearly ten developed. Remember, the more bored you are, the less interesting you are as a person. As you start a personal development program, you will become interested and then interesting.
3) Take something bad out of your life. We all have things that need correcting. Eliminating a sedentary lifestyle, an unhealthy diet, or lazy mental activity – these are places to begin. Some of us may need to stop activities that are just busyness adding nothing to the quality of our lives. Surely you can find something to throw out. Mary Alice and I spent a New Year’s Eve in Naples, Italy. We were surprised as the new year arrived, people stood on balconies up and down the street throwing items out of windows and over balconies. Why? Traditionally they threw items away they didn’t want to carry into the new year. It seemed everyone had something to jettison.
As we war against boredom in our personal lives, we might think about what we need to throw out. And as we analyze our blah attitude we must accept the responsibility of poor self-management because boredom is a sure sign and symptom.
This week think carefully about: 1) How often do I feel bored? 2) What do I do to create energy and enthusiasm? 3) What score would I give myself on personal self-management?
Words of Wisdom: “Boredom is the dry rot of our souls.”
Wisdom from the Word: “I am weary of my life; I will complain freely without restraint; I will speak in the bitterness of my soul.” ( Job 10:1 NET Bible)