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 is an indication 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 and are stagnant. Our life has very little movement. If we are bored we are like a stagnant pond that is all but lifeless. It needs oxygen and some vitality to make it vibrant and alive 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 boredom 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 have some 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, are pre-conceived and pessimistic, and go through the motions; we are expecting little and get rewarded accordingly. Having high expectations, optimistic and mentally engaged; boredom is not likely to be an issue for us.
Some have boring jobs, tough marriages and family situations, various hardships and difficulties, little or nothing to look forward to; often, 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 truth that we will get what we expect. If we do not 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, start creating and working toward an improved set of circumstances and expectations. We can overcome our stagnancy and boredom.
Challenge: How would you score your 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 corrective action. Do something about your mental energy and approach to daily living. Challenge yourself. Consider revamping some of your activities. Add something new and exciting. Challenge and mentally stimulating your mind and get out of your comfort zone.
Wisdom: When people are bored, it is primarily with their own selves that they are bored. Eric Hoffer
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28
Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character, and character, hope. Romans 5:3-4
I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. John 15:11
If we are truly seeking to walk with the Lord, and seeking His will, boredom will be absent from our lives. He wants us to experience, learn, grow, and gain wisdom. The experience of journeying through life is supposed to give us these things and to prepare us for a future life. We do not have time to be bored and complacent. There is too much to do, see and learn that awaits us. God is our shepherd and will 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.