Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Boredom Is Self-Centeredness

How often do you complain about being bored?

If you are, what do you do about it?

Lots of people presume that other people, places, or things are responsible for their happiness. With that assumption in place, when outside factors fail to excite them, they're left with nothing. They're bored.

Where is it written that it's the responsibility of everything around you to keep you amused? Boredom is self-centeredness: expecting other people to wait on you like a king with his court jester.

I take to heart two quotes: Zelda Fitzgerald's "She was never bored mainly because she was never boring," and John Milton's "The mind is its own place, and in itself, can make heaven of Hell, and a hell of Heaven." The lessons there are clear as day if you're ready to accept them.

There is nothing that will come to you in this life that you don't take for yourself. Happiness is no different. If you're "bored" take the initative, and do something to fix it. The best place to start is by not being boring.

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