Thursday, June 09, 2005

Boredom

I absolutely love a book called Listening to Your Life; Daily Meditations with Frederick Buechner. The entry for May 31st has been stuck in my head for days so I thought I'd share it with y'all.
As Acedia, boredom is one of the seven deadly sins. It deserves the honor.
You can be bored by virtually anything if you put your mind to it, or choose not to. You can yawn your way through Don Giovanni or a trip to the Grand Canyon or an afternoon with your dearest friend or a sunset. There are doubtless those who nodded off at the coronation of Napoleon or the trial of Joan of Arc or when Shakespeare appeared at the Globe in Hamlet or Lincoln delivered himself of a few remarks at Gettysburg. The odds are that the Sermon on the Mount had more than a few of the congregation twitchy and glassy-eyed.
To be bored is to turn down cold whatever life happens to be offering you at the moment. It is to cast a jaundiced eye at life in general including most of all your own life. You feel nthing is worth getting excited about.
To be bored is a way of making the least of things you often have a sneaking suspicion you need the most.
To be bored to death is a form of suicide.

3 comments:

Friar_Tuck said...

This is a very helpful post. Thanks.

Steph Stanger said...

"To be bored to death is a form of suicide."
WOW- strong statement. That was an interesting post Kim. I know I'm guilty of this-especially at church! It's like our BOTM book said: if you spaced out, you probably needed to hear it.

Crystal said...

My dad always lectures me about being bored. He says sort of similar things posted here. Go Dad!