Boredom’s Greatest Adversary

Henri Nouwen said that boredom is a sentiment of disconnectedness.

I can vouch for that.

I’ve been bored a time or two…… and I’m just thinking about this morning.

It’s important to connect the dots with even the mundane things we do. Even with the boring, and mundane tasks we perform each day, chances are, there’s a connection with something of some importance.

This time of year, I get antsy to get on board my John Deere lawn tractor. Now I know it’s not life-saving surgery I’m performing but I find it to be a kind of solitude. I have written poetry in my head while riding the green and yellow beast. I’ve rehearsed my Sunday sermon more than once. I am certain that it is a great stress reducer…… although the time I got the thing stuck in the mud mowing the drainage ditch was not so relaxing.

Anyway…you get the idea. Perhaps there’s something you do. Something mundane…..something ordinary….something boring. Next time you find yourself entering into your task zombie-like….just make the connection. Think about something important….think about a forgotten joy. Sing a childhood song. Hum a hymn. Whistle a John Phillip Sousa tune. Before you know it, you’ll be connected to something good and boredom be disarmed of its power.

Let’s see. Now next time I mow, I have a book idea.

I’ll have plenty of time to think it through in my head.

Let’s call it, “Zen and the Art of John Deere Tractoring”.

Hoooey, with that one, I’ll need lots of think time.

I might have to mow the neighbor’s yard too.


About Gary Cleveland

An old chunk of coal waiting to become a diamond some day. I spend the bulk of my time focused on spiritual development. I teach, preach and stand by the hurting and wounded. I believe our heavenly Father offers us daily opportunities to discover who we are and what we can yet become. I serve as a bringer of good news in and around the city of Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
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