Bore Into Boredom
Updated: Mar 15, 2019
If you are bored with something after two minutes,
keep doing it for four minutes. If you stay bored,
do it for eight, then sixteen minutes. If still bored,
press on to thirty-two minutes, and at that point
you might begin to find it fascinating.
Boredom is not a lack of interest, motivation or initiative. With that as definition, we find ourselves “staying busy” and “killing time” just to have something to do for its own sake, even if it doesn’t nourish us. Boredom is the signpost that lets you know exactly where you stand. When you are bored you are deep within your comfort zone. There is sameness, a penetrating familiarity with circumstance – of the moment, the project or your life.
Running from boredom is painful. Oh, you will fill the hours, but at a cost that may add up to years. At the end of which you’ll ask, “Why did I waste so much time?” Counterintuitive though it may seem, to free yourself from boredom is to dive through its core.
Boredom’s true character is a call to action, to step outside the doldrums of familiarity, toward your edge.
Let yourself be bored out of your mind.
And stay within that space.
Resist temptation to grasp at whatever or whoever is nearby so you won’t have to feel what you think of as a void.
Boredom is not a void; it is a question that seeks an answer.
“The busyness and distractions of your life have pushed [boredom] away,” writes Danielle Marchant in her book, Pause. “It’s longing for your attention. And as you let yourself slow down, and the noise subsides, the whispers inside can be heard. Remember, logs on a fire catch alight when there is space beneath them for the oxygen to ignite the flames.”
Boredom is that space that will “let your fire rise…this void is a place of richness, fuel for your creative flame.”
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