I’M BORED!

bored

I used to wonder how people could be bored with so many options for entertainment and recreation.  Then I turned 76 and we had a ginormous heat wave, with poor air quality – and I was confined to the house or some other location with air conditioning.  It suddenly hit me. I was becoming a victim of boredom.

It became easier to stay at home rather than venturing out into the steamy air.  It became an excuse of sorts for being lazy or uninvolved.  When we isolate ourselves, we miss out on so much that could really be making our lives anything but boring.

When we see not only kids, but old fogies like me, glued to their phones or I-pads, it becomes apparent that they’ve become creatures of habit and are trying to fill their lives with something that’s missing.  How can we become such slaves to an electronic device?

I am as guilty as my grandchildren on this one.  In a way, our social media becomes a safety net.  We can enjoy conversations with others, without making eye contact.  We can get a glimpse of someone else’s vacation time or amazing lifestyle without having to board a plane or spend a buck.  We can play games – see what we’d look like with a certain style of glasses, make-up or clothing.  We can get medical advice without going to a doctor- enjoy fine art, delicious recipes, order anything we want and have it delivered at no charge.  Basically we are becoming cocooned in our own environment. No wonder we’re bored!

So what’s the solution to boredom?  Involve yourself in something that takes you outside of yourself.  By focusing on someone else and their needs, we can fill our own lives with purpose and value.

Help someone weed their garden and actually have a face to face conversation.  Take a meal to a homebound person and offer help with something else while you’re there.  Babysit for a neighbor who’s feeling trapped and do it for nothing.  Get a job!  Take up a hobby that gets you outside – golf, swimming, walking, plein air painting.  Get together with your friends, rather than communicating online.

There are hundreds of ways to volunteer your time to help someone else, but if you are physically incapable, think of ways you can use your talents – to encourage, to sit with someone, to get them out of their box and back into the world.

If we eventually become dependent on electronics to live our lives for us, imagine what the world would be like.  Think Orwellian.  I don’t believe it will ever come to that – at least not in my lifetime – but I fear it could get close.

“We must learn to reawaken and keep ourselves awake, not by mechanical aid, but by an infinite expectation of the dawn.”

Henry David Thoreau

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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About atimetoshare.me

As I reach the end of my years, I find I have a lot of good information stored up in this old decrepit mind of mine. If I don't write it all down, it may vanish and no one will have the advantage of my thoughts. This is why this blog exists. I love the Lord, Jesus with all my heart and soul. I know I'm undeserving of all He's done for me, but I also know that His love is beyond my comprehension. I've always wanted to write. I never kept diaries, but tucked my thoughts in my head for future reference. I use them now in creating stories, plays, poetry and my blog. I continue to learn every day. I believe the compilation of our time spent with God will have huge affect on the way we live. I know I'm a sinner and I need a Savior. I have One through Jesus, Christ. My book, "Stages - a memoir," is about the seven stages of life from the perspective of a woman. It addresses all the things girls and women go through in life as they travel it with Jesus, and it is available on Amazon.com.
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16 Responses to I’M BORED!

  1. Salvageable says:

    That’s an interesting Thoreau quote… do you think he saw our time coming? J.

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    • atimetoshare.me says:

      I was searching and searching for just the right quote and just as I was about to forget a quote, this one popped up. It seemed so appropriate to what I was thinking.

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  2. hatrack4 says:

    Have you watched young people when the cable goes out, internet goes out, or there is no cell phone signal. They simply sit and stare. I think we are already there.

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  3. “So what’s the solution to boredom? Involve yourself in something that takes you outside of yourself.”

    Yes.

    Like, fighting and “playing” for those who can’t fight for themselves.

    One act that would ruin any boredom anytime is when God uses men to fend for their women:

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    • atimetoshare.me says:

      When we isolate ourselves we’re setting ourselves up for boredom. The point I was trying to make is to reach out to others, to help those in need, , to communicate in person.

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  4. I thought you exiled yourself to the closet?

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    • atimetoshare.me says:

      It got dark in there and I had to eat and breathe so I made a hasty exit. I’m. Ack but not with a vengeance. You’ll know when that happens😜

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  5. Exactly like those Cricket Warriors do for their sister who otherwise are being mutilated. But I get your point. I’m sorry I intruded your comfortable, safe world.

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    • atimetoshare.me says:

      You have not been an intrusion. I know the evil that inhabit our world. It’s ugly and cruel. I have never experienced these things personally, but I know they exist and the only way to overcome the evil is to fight for what is right. God gives us the tools in His holy Word. I pray for you and the things that trouble you in your world. Devils fill the entire world, but we have great ammunition in the Word of God to fight against them. God bless you.

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      • Yes, thank you, I appreciate it. I know what you mean with the Word of God, prayer etc. But I also know that we have to stand and speak up at times and not hide away doing shadow boxing we call “prayer”. It is because of the silence of so many who package their silence as “trusting God” and “praying for peace” that evil can prevail.

        That is why I will never get bored. I have been silent for 3 years during extensive bullying while I was in bereavement. I prayed, forgave, gave Pret A Manger which I worked for the benefit of the doubt again and again, I offered them the other cheek and they took until I couldn’t take the “beating” anymore.

        As Christians we have a powerful voice, but we hide behind a facade called “prayer”, “seeking / waiting / trusting God” and while we are passive people suffer, commit suicide, become addicts etc. etc. etc.

        I hope my words are not too harsh, they are just words of disappointment where my Christian friends abandoned me during my darkest time, while non-Christian people came to my side supporting me! Yes, I forgive and pray for them, but words are cheap and mean nothing when people are in need.

        So, to every Christian: keep praying, keep waiting, keep hiding and watch people suffer and then blame them for their suffering because of sin! As long as you Christians feel safe in your Theology, stay lulled in and leave that legacy of passiveness behind.

        My legacy will be a different one, and I have scars to show for it! But boredom won’t something I suffer from.

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      • atimetoshare.me says:

        You are absolutely right. We Christians often say things like I’ll pray for you, without doing so. But there are some who really do care, but what can we do to help? We have only one alternative and that is our prayer;. I believe the power of our words to God can transcend the miles and they have power because He listens. It is not our words that have power, but the result of His listening. He loves all mankind, because he created it. He loves us so much that He put His life on the line for each and every soul. He gave us a chance at heaven, which we never would’ve had before. All our suffering here on earth is nothing compared to what waits in hell for those who reject God. I don’t believe God causes injustice in the world.

        What is the solution to your problem and the others who suffer the same plight? What can we do to change things. We turn to God, because there is no other way. Please tell me how I can help. If there is something I can physically do, I will. I am not a woman of wealth, so I have no money to contribute. All I have to offer you is support, prayer and concern.

        It is true that many Christians feel safe in their theology and don’t realize there are true problems in the world. As long as things are good in their world, they don’t care. Not all of us are like that.

        You are a hero, because you are standing up for your cause and those who suffer with you. My scars come from different sources, but they are scars just the same.

        I’m deeply sorry if I offended you with my post.

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  6. P.S. this Gentleman is living real Christianity authentically. https://jsparkblog.com/2018/07/14/i-called-the-suicide-lifeline/#comment-69081
    His words are more than just words.

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  7. Hi,

    please don’t apologize, you have not offended me at all. I am just quite passionate and this then comes across very strong. But I am not offended, you haven’t done anything wrong! May I type inbetween some of the words you write for ease of reading in a dialogue?

    Quote: “We Christians often say things like I’ll pray for you, without doing so.”
    — No, this is not what I mean. What I mean is, that Christians ONLY pray without going into action. I have worked for a charity that helps thrid world countries in building water wells, schools etc. This charity is non-profit of course but has a lot of funding from many well known and rich people. I helped them with some admin work, nothing major but I gave my time and effort. When I lost my job the CEO of the charity sent out the usual newsletter asking for donations as usual. I replied this time as I am on the newsletter list, and said that I have lost my job and can’t even contribute finacially. The CEO’s reply was “I pray for you.”
    This is a Christian CHARITY which I helped with volunteer work, and when I was in a crisis, I only got words of prayer. Needless to say that I withdrew and will not volunteer for this charity anymore, and will be very scarce with my time after volunteering for decades in various charities.

    Qioye: “But there are some who really do care, but what can we do to help? We have only one alternative and that is our prayer”
    — Yes, on anonline platform that is the thing people can do, pray. But my words, my plea is not for me, but raise the issue that when you see people in need in YOUR physical surrounding to find ways to go beyond prayer and offer tangible help. I am not talking about flicking a dime into a beggers cup and enablling the beggar to remain in this state of being. I am talking about physical, practical help in your surroundings or wherever your reach of influence is. And wth “you” I mean me and everyone.

    Quote: “It is not our words that have power, but the result of His listening.”
    — Our words DO have power! More than we want to acknowledge, we just like to pass the buck to God. He hears prayer, He does help. We can’t help, our words have no power, and therefor again we remain passive and push the responsibility away from us. After decades if this I am way fed up with this indifference and complaicency of Believers. Pardon if I come across so strong, but I experience and witness suffering too much with Christians who use excuses of prayer and powerlessness of their words and actions.

    Quote: “I don’t believe God causes injustice in the world.”
    — I don’t believe that either. And I know the Gospel. But I also know what it means to be with people who suffer and then are changed because someone handed them a cup of cold water for their soul!

    Quote: “Please tell me how I can help. If there is something I can physically do, I will. I am not a woman of wealth, so I have no money to contribute. All I have to offer you is support, prayer and concern.”
    — I am truly sorry where I worried you or stressed you. I have responded to your post too strong, but did not mean to offend you or stress you. Appologies. You can only pray as you say because this is an online platform. And as a tipp, never give money to a platform or stranger. My response to your post I think is really just to raise awareness that in your physical surroundings, where you see and witness things, to find ways to suoort people, but NOT on your own, always in a group, church, family etc. and brainstorming ideas.

    Quote: “It is true that many Christians feel safe in their theology and don’t realize there are true problems in the world. As long as things are good in their world, they don’t care.”
    — Thank you, this is exactly what I mean. We Christians are perfect in lying to ourselves, and I for one are fed up with this.

    Quote: “My scars come from different sources, but they are scars just the same.”
    — I know you suffered and I cannot relate to your pain.

    Quote: “I’m deeply sorry if I offended you with my post.”
    — Please don’t think that, you have not offended me at all! I have offended you with my overzealous passion. I’m sorry. I have been like a sheep that was in the midsts of wolves. Yes, I am certain God helped me through it, and I am not perfect, but last year an assistant manager from my former company has committed suicide, and my outcry is partly to help that no more people go down’ that route. And I have more support now from powerful Unions who really make a change in people lives who are being taken advantage of in the fastfood industry, where employees can’t pay their bills, live in cars, can’t feed their kids because multi-billion dollar companies are pocketting their millions while the little people make it happen and suffer greatly in what I call “modern-day slavery”. I’ve been through it myself.

    Thank you for your words. I ayone really wants to help, stay away from fast-food billionair businesses and support your local small family restaurants and shops, even if it is a little more expensive. Support them, stay away from the “big guns” who suppress their employees.

    God bless you.

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