Boredom

Of every obstacle and impediment that we will ever face in our lives, nothing is as critical or as inevitable as our confrontation with boredom.

We feel as though the activities that had once kept us firmly engaged with the exciting and delightful sides our lives have suddenly become dull and uninteresting leaving us in the temporal yet disheartening state of having nothing enjoyable to do.

When we are bored, life stands still.

 

Yet inasmuch as we are able to associate boredom with the sensation of misery and mild despair, boredom can in many ways present us with the opportunity to experience the beauty and complexity of our lives in a way we never have before.

 

Perhaps we might alleviate our boredom by surveying a book we’ve always had lying around the house yet never thought to sit down and read.

Or perhaps we might alleviate our boredom by taking a walk to areas and locations around our homes that we pass by every day in the routine of our morning commutes yet never took time to truly explore.

Or perhaps we might alleviate our boredom by learning a new skill or hobby that we had always wanted to have as a child yet abandoned in the rush of responsibilities and obligations of adulthood.

By contending boredom with a mindset of curiosity, adventurousness, and sensibility, we can use our moments of boredom as an opportunity to push ourselves to discover new and wonderful things not only about ourselves but in the world around us and live more beautiful and robust lives as a result.

 

Yet while boredom can be used as an opportunity to improve our lives through the discovery of new pastimes and the enhancement of our imagination, boredom can also be used as means to bring out the worst sides of ourselves

From reckless consumption of alcohol, viewing of pornography, or participation in gossip, it should come as no surprise that where there are responses to boredom that highlight the just and upright management of our free time, there are moments when boredom becomes a means of releasing our deepest inhibitions and simply doing whatever we want to do.

Just as boredom can compel us to embark on journies of untold astonishment and self-discovery, boredom can drag us down into the depths of our inhumanity for only a single instant of momentary release.

With every moment that we are confronted with the obstruction of boredom, we are confronted with the obligation to pursue experiences that will either refine and improve us or corrupt and debase us.

 

The task that each of us faces when we attempt to alleviate our boredom is not only to decide what we want to do with our moment of free time but also to effectively determine what type of person we want to be.

By paying attention to ourselves in our moments of boredom, we can discover hints and clues about our inner selves that can help us not only acknowledge the sin in our that threatens our lives and relationships but also give us the means of combating it by finding a more wholesome alternative.

Rather than allow boredom to bring out the worst in ourselves, we should instead strive to make boredom an opportunity to grow and experience life in all its marvels, wonders, and mysteries.

Through the effort to make our moments of boredom less about doing whatever may feel good at the time and more about doing something that we can remember fondly in the future, we will find our lives to be not only more meaningful and purposeful but also more delightful and joyful.

Simply put, when we are bored we should focus on building ourselves up rather than tearing ourselves down as doing so will not only allow us to avoid unnecessary suffering in life but also make our lives more pleasurable to live.

There is nothing better for a person than that he should eat and drink and find enjoyment in his toil. This also, I saw, is from the hand of God, for apart from him who can eat or who can have enjoyment? For to the one who pleases him God has given wisdom and knowledge and joy, but to the sinner he has given the business of gathering and collecting, only to give to one who pleases God. This also is vanity and a striving after wind.

Ecclesiastes 2:24-26 

 

This is 30 Days of Growth: 19

Live boldly, live adventurously, live and love.

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