Be Bored

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Boredom helps us. Without space to think, we become whatever fills us up in the time and the energy we consume. Life is a summary of our choices and realizing that we have control over our choices can force us to reconsider our allocation of time. When we choose to be busy, we can end up being more productive, but the overstimulation of the brain can also create a schedule without space. Busyness is helpful, but only when it is made busy in the right way. We should not be busy to fill the void, or to prevent ourselves from our own minds, but rather to fulfill a purpose. To do something for the common good, or even for ourselves. When we intentionally create the space for nothing, we create a life with balance for both productivity and peace. They are two sides of the same coin, and life revolves around having an understanding of their cycles up and down. There is no work without rest, and there is no rest without work.

Our schedules must be filled, in a sense, as we cannot go throughout all of life as a meaningless vacation. Perhaps there may be times where need the disconnection, where a few weeks away without any pursuit but that of slowing down to rest is necessary, but even that would not have been possible without the overemphasis on productivity. We must aim at a valuable goal, a productive means of achieving things in our short time every day, and then through our successes we cultivate a sense of peace. What is meaningful is not only doing something valuable, but having the space to process it. If we don’t stop to realize what we are doing with our lives, then it flies by faster than we know. So, this is where we need nothing. We need boredom. It is in these spaces, even if it is only for a few minutes each day, where we stop and think about our lives. We create a space and a time where a healthy sense of boredom recharges our spirit, processes our world, and prepares us for productivity. Through space we cultivate a life intertwined with productivity and peace, fueled by a deep-rooted purpose that keeps us grounded each second our eyes open at daybreak.

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Paul Keefer

Paul Keefer

Writer, teacher, and lifetime kid. I post an article every Monday morning on self-improvement and inspiration. Check out my writing and book @ paul-keefer.com