Triumph of the Spirit

Boredom Is Unacceptable!

It startles me to hear people complain that they are bored. I can’t imagine why anyone would choose to feel that way. There are books to read, thoughts to think, conversations to have!

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

Are you expecting life to constantly entertain you? That’s your job! Seize the moment and make something of it!

The amount of satisfaction you get from life depends largely on your own ingenuity, self-sufficiency and resourcefulness. People who wait around for life to supply their satisfaction usually find boredom instead.
Dr. William Menninger

As I wrote in an earlier post, I don’t want one hour to go by without learning something, deepening a relationship, doing satisfying work or just enjoying a good laugh.

Somebody’s boring me; I think it’s me.
Dylan Thomas

Before we go further, let me define what boredom is. Boredom is soul-draining tedium. It is not synonymous with “leisure” or “stillness” or “mindfulness” or “relaxation” or “recess” or “respite.” Those are all good things.

Let me also add that going full bore and relentlessly doing, doing, doing can be equally undersirable. As I wrote in my earlier post: Productive use of my time means anything from writing a blog post to reading a good book to spending time with friends and family to meditating to watching a favorite TV show to taking a much-needed nap. Balance is the operative word.

Is not life a hundred times too short for us to bore ourselves?
Friedrich Nietzche

At the very least, if you find yourself stuck somewhere with nothing to do and no one to talk to, take out the notebook you carry with you or find a piece of paper and write a letter, make a To Do list, whip up some affirmations or think up something else that’s constructive. Or, if the environment is conducive to it, close your eyes and breathe deeply or even meditate. Practicing stillness is just as productive as doing, doing, doing.

Being bored is an insult to oneself.
Jules Renard

The next time you feel bored, challenge yourself to reframe the moment as an opportunity to learn, to practice mindfulness, or simply to add some positive, loving energy to the world. When the sand is gone from the hourglass of your life, you don’t get a mulligan. Life is precious, time is precious, and the time you waste is gone forever.

If your everyday life seems poor, don’t blame it; blame yourself; admit to yourself that you are not enough of a poet to call forth its riches.
Rainer Maria Rilke

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