Technology keeps us constantly stimulated. What do we lose when we no longer have nothing to do?
BY MARK KINGWELL
BOREDOM IS ONE of the most common human experiences, yet it seems continually to defy complete understanding.
We all know what it is to feel bored, but what exactly prompts, constitutes, or follows from the condition of boredom is far less obvious.
Is boredom a function of leisure?
Does boredom tangle desire or personal conditions, or both?
That is, when I stare at the full refrigerator and complain that there is nothing to eat, or when I scan 100 cable channels and find nothing to watch, who or what, exactly, is to blame?
When I was kid the sure for boredom was my mom said, “If you can’t find something to do I will find something for you.” that was code for chores LOL but even the best mom may want some NEW ideas to keep your ankle biters busy!
Some of my unplugged favorites are
Have a sidewalk chalk art show
Write a skit and perform it for a “Dinner Show”
Read a book “To” younger siblings
For your tech savvy teenagers
Make a music video or video the skit
For your Helper/Money Maker
Offer them some spending money for doing EXTRA chores
Let them help an elderly neighbor
What keeps him from proposing or her from saying yes?
1. Their parent’s marriage didn’t make it.
2. Focused on career.
3. Afraid of boredom.
4. Afraid they’ll have to give up their dreams.
5. Can’t afford the ring!
Is a ring necessary to propose?
Do you think any of these are good reasons not to propose or accept? Do you have any other reasons to add?
- “Whether you love it or hate it, whether you long for it or fear it, your focus and attention will make it more powerful in your life.” ~Unknown
- “Your motives are invisible, but they are the truest test of character.” ~Unknown
- “Stop putting your energy into making excuses and use that energy to take action.” ~Unknown
Generosity is the habit of giving freely without expecting anything in return. Yet is seems that getting, not giving, is the agenda of our economy. The solution to this ill of society is generosity. It involves offering time, assets or talents to aid someone in need. Generosity is not solely based on one’s economic status, but instead, includes the individual’s pure intentions of looking out for society’s common good and giving from the heart.
What we give, by way of time or substance, reveals what’s in our heart. In 2 Corinthians 9:7, it says, “God loves the person who gives cheerfully.”
Amazing Sculptures Made From Sand: Believe it or not all are made only with sand. (MSNBC)
- And here’s some more from Beach Reach, an outreach ministry to those at beaches all over – Wow – Awesome (Beach Reach)
Free Fun Things To Do: Here’s a list of some things to do if you are bored or on a tight budget. Some of these ideas are a little out-of-the-box but good
- Check out the community calendar. Go to kswp.org
- Visit your community library. Not only is a library a warehouse of books, most libraries also have extensive CD and DVD collections you can check out. Many libraries also have “story time” for young children, film nights, book clubs, and many other events that you may be unaware of – completely for free.
- Get involved in community sports. Many towns have community sports fields where both youth and adult sports leagues and activities are regularly going on throughout the weekend. Stop by, watch a game or two, and if something intrigues you, look into joining either as a participant or as a volunteer.
- Play board games. Just dig through the recesses of your closet, find an old board game you haven’t played in ages, and bust it open!
- Bake a loaf of homemade bread. You probably have everything you need to make a loaf of bread in your kitchen right now (except for maybe the yeast). Anyone can do it, and the bread turns out deliciously.
- Learn how to juggle. All you really need is three balls and a video showing you how to do it. Not only is it a fun activity to learn, it’s something that’s fun to bust out as a party trick on occasion.
- Meet your neighbors. Make an effort to introduce yourself to your neighbors if you don’t know them well. Invite any interesting ones over for a cup of coffee and a chat, just to get to know each other better. Your neighbors can not only become friends, but can also be a valuable resource – a friendly pair of eyes on your property when you’re away or a helpful set of hands when you’re trying to complete a challenging task.
- Have a “cupboard potluck.” Go through your cupboards and find any items that might have slipped to the back over time. Invite some friends to do the same, then get together for a potluck dinner prepared from only these ingredients and whatever else you have on hand. It makes for a “free” meal and a lot of fun for everyone involved.
- Clear out your media collection ofbooks, DVDs, CDs, etc. Just go through what you’ve got, determine which ones you’d actually like to keep, and get rid of the rest. You can either sell them at a used media shop or swap them online using services like PaperBackSwap, SwapTree, and SwapADVD. In either case, you’ll get rid of stuff you don’t watch or read or listen to any more in exchange for either some money or new media to enjoy.
- Make a 101 Goals in 1001 Days list and then start on some of them. A 101 Goals in 1001 Days list is a very effective way to codify all of the ideas of things you’d like to do all into one place, so that when you have spare time, you can just turn to the list and do what’s next on it. Spend some time thinking of things that belong on this list, then when it’s finished, you’ll have an excellent list of potential accomplishments and be ready to go with lots of activities.
- Make decisions about and write out your will. This is a thought process that many people put off, but it makes you feel quite relieved when it’s done, adding to your peace of mind and relaxation. Decide on what to do with your personal assets when you die, particularly in terms of the personal mementos that you want others to have and where you want the value of your estate to go. When you’ve figured it out, sketch out the basics of a will. Later, you’ll likely have to have a lawyer prepare it for you, but just having the decisions made doesn’t cost a thing and is a big mental relief.
- Do a household maintenance walkthrough. Just go through your home and look for any little maintenance tasks that need to be done. Do filters need to be replaced? Are there any burnt-out light bulbs? Here’s a maintenance checklist that might give you some ideas as to what to look for. It might not be the most fun activity you can think of, but it’ll add subtly to your enjoyment of your home when it’s done – cleaner air, light bulbs in place, and so on.
- Organize a walking tour. Find out about the interesting historical and cultural sites in your town, then go on a walking tour of it. Pack a lunch in your backpack and have a picnic.
- Teach yourself how to knit. Knitting requires two needles (a dollar, or probably free if your closet looks anything like ours), some yarn (extremely cheap and also likely laying in the closet if your home is like ours), a lot of patience, and an instructional video or two. Try making a scarf or two for your friends or a small blanket for a new baby in the home of a friend or a family member. While it’s not quite free, if you stick with it, you’ll make things much more valuable than the input cost of a bit of yarn, plus you may learn a compelling new skill.