30 Days of Personal Growth, Day 8: Nix Boredom

In order to live free and happily you must sacrifice boredom. It is not always an easy sacrifice.

-Richard Bach

As mentioned on Day 2, we choose our emotions. Boredom is no exception. You’re bored because you don’t like what’s in front of you. You anxiously await something more exciting, but you don’t attempt to create any excitement on your own. You’re waiting. You’ve given up control. You’ve decided to let the situation dominate your feelings, and you’re stubborn.

Here’s an important fact about boredom: It doesn’t alleviate itself. No matter how many channels you flip through, websites you browse, or pieces of lint you pick off your sweater, boredom will not dissipate unless you take action against it. You have to, against your stubborn will, make a move. Be aware that boredom is often a cover for procrastination and an excuse for laziness. What are you choosing not to do in your state of apathy?

Feelings of boredom are easy to dwell on, especially when you’re unhappily alone or in dry company. But there is something to do–the dishes, laundry, a few minutes on the treadmill–and it’s not always going to be glamorous. That dry person is saying something interesting, but you just have a tilt your thoughts a certain way to hear it. Listen closely, think flexibly, and create your own energy. When you resist the urge to be bored, you empower yourself against your circumstances.

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