Boredom

Wearied by dullness, repetition, complacency, lack of challenges and motivation . . .

Today is the first day of the rest of your life. Author Unknown

Being bored is an insult to oneself.  Jules Renard

When a thing bores you, do not do it.  Eugene Delacroix  

   Boredom indicates that something is lacking in our lives. There are not enough challenging, enjoyable, and meaningful activities engaging us. We are stuck in a rut; going through the motions, spinning our wheels or are too stationary. Our life has little movement. If we are bored we are like a stagnant pond that is all but lifeless. It needs oxygen and some vitality to become vibrant again.

     There are two aspects to boredom; the nature of the activity and our attitude toward it. There should be good chemistry between both. The more important is attitude. If we are not physically and mentally engaged, we are likely to be bored. An activity may challenging for some, but if our attitude toward it is negative or complacent, chances are it will rank high on our boring scale. If we are optimistic and energized, boring activities can be approached with enthusiasm and high expectations. We should be mindful of our attitude as well as our choices. Life should be comprised of sufficiently exciting and challenging adventures. We need such activities as well as an energetic and motivated attitude toward them. We get out of life directly and proportionately to what we put into it. We get what we expect. If we have low expectations, which are pre-conceived and pessimistic, going only through the motions; we expect little and get rewarded accordingly. If we have high expectations, are optimistic and mentally engaged; boredom is not likely to be a major issue for us.    

      Some have boring jobs, tough marriages and family situations, various hardships and difficulties, with little or nothing to look forward to. For whatever reason, they cannot see past their present circumstances. If they will change their attitude and increase their expectations, chances are they will see noticeable improvements. This is tough to do. It takes self discipline, focus and motivation. It comes back to the fundamental truth that we get what we expect. If we do not proactively change things, our circumstances will stay the same.

     We are free to change our thoughts, attitudes, and expectations. Life tries to meet our expectations. We tend to create whatever we are mentally stimulated to see and visualize. If life is too boring and unrewarding, it is our responsibility to change things, see things differently and to start creating and working toward improved circumstances and expectations. We can overcome our boredom and stagnancy.

Challenge: How would you score boredom on a scale of 1 to 10? A high number is a red flag and an alarm. Boredom is a bad thing. It warrants your corrective action. Do something about your mental energy and approach to daily living. Challenge yourself. Consider revamping some of your activities. Add something new that is exciting, challenging and mentally stimulating and gets you out of your comfort zone.

Wisdom: When people are bored, it is primarily with their own selves that they are bored. Eric Hoffer

Spiritual: (NIV)

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Matthew11:28                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Surely then you will find delight in the Almighty and will lift up your face to God. Job 22:26

I tell you the truth; he who believes has everlasting life. John 6:47

If we truly seek to walk with the Lord, and seek his will for us, boredom will be absent from our lives.  He wants us to experience, learn, grow, and gain wisdom. The experience of journeying through life will give us these things and prepare us for our future life. We will not have time to be bored and complacent. There is too much to do, see and learn that is awaiting us. God is our shepherd and will safely lead us through life’s adventure.

Prayer: Help me to listen, to see, and to hear. Lead me in the direction you want me to go.

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