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Reflections on Passion and Boredom

Sometimes when I’m reading I run across passages that speak to me. I share my thoughts on this one in particular.

When I read this, I paused to think about the meaning behind it.

When put in this way, it hit me different.

Kind of like a revelation that was presented to me in that moment.

It never occurred to me that when I get tired of something I’m passionate about that I might be blah somewhere else.

It’s strange because when I think about people being hurtful there is a need that’s not being met somewhere else.

Why should boredom be any different when the thing I’m bored with is something that I’m passionate about?

If I am bored, a need isn’t being met somewhere else.

Don’t get me wrong, I am an advocate for embracing boredom.

In this day and age we are so plugged in and going so fast, we forgot how to be bored and unfortunately, our children haven’t had the opportunity to sit in boredom to begin with.

It’s kind of like smartphones.

I know I lived a pretty decent life before the iPhone, so why can I not imagine life without it now?

It’s an interesting concept.

The spaces I have found that are the best places to be bored are in down time.

Sometimes it’s a good idea to let yourself be bored, especially in down time.

It requires your mind and your imagination to get to work to keep you entertained.

The spaces that you don’t want boredom to set in is in your passions, like the quote states.

That’s not to say that your passion will be easy everyday or that it will be the most interesting thing in the world everyday, but you don’t want that fire to go out.

You also don’t want to be so inundated with your passion that you don’t make time for anything else. That burns the candle faster.

The point is that in order to keep going with fire takes self-awareness.

Creating that space to be self-aware can come from meditation and journaling.

That isn’t an exhaustive list by any means, but those are the ones that I know of fairly well.

So today, take a moment to think about where you are in each area of your life, and find where the fire is starting to go out.

A better description might be where the thread is starting to unravel, but either way, reflect and identify it.

Be come self-aware and honor yourself in that area so you can honor what you love by creating interest in that area. That loose thread.

Until next time.