Why I love boredom

By Sunday, April 18, 2010 3 Permalink

Especially on weekend afternoons, boredom kicks in. And I welcome it with open arms.

Boredom is actually a lack of activity. And why do most people shun it away? Because society teaches us that NOT having an activity is bad. Remember when you were a kid, staring at walls and drifting away in your imagination, and your mom would tug your sleeve and say “What are you doing? Don’t just stand there doing nothing!”

Well, actually, I believe it’s healthy to stand there doing nothing. You need to unwind.
Have a cup of tea.
Watch the trees.
Stay in “the nothing box“.

The moment your conscience compels you to “get out there and do something”, tell it to shut up. And relax.
It will come back, telling you that you might be missing out on X, Y or Z. Or that you have a very important task to deliver. Actually, the most effective people are not the ones who strive continuously. Unwinding and allowing yourself to do nothing is more important than you think.

Ignore action.
You will have time later.
Don’t you just love boredom? It reminds me of Baloo of the Jungle Book. Life is full of the bare necessities. Why worry.

You’ll have enough time for that on Monday.

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  • Walter
    April 18, 2010

    Having the time to be still and be idle is indeed important. A cluttered mind is the source of confusion and anxiety. :-)

  • Maria
    April 19, 2010

    Yes, just like we take the time to de-clutter our homes and closets, we must regularly take time to be with ourselves and have a clear mind – if not by daily meditation, at least by weekly activities to de-compress.

  • chanel
    May 9, 2011

    That is an interesting veiwpoint. I still hate boredom. I do like to do nothing but sit around for a few minutes and daydream. It is one way I like to wind down or come off the wall. I don’t think of as boredom, but more of relaxation. If such an idle state has a negative effect on me, then it becomes boredom. I want my mind stimulated, and it is not. I prefer not to have stress or boredom. I prefer similar experiences that are more positive like fun activity or relaxation.

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