Saturday, January 10, 2009
The not-so-good boredom buster
Each Saturday Stephanie, over at keeper of the home , hosts "Living Simply Saturday". It's a time for us women to share ways in which we have learned, or are learning to keep it simple! Check it out!
When Lilly was first born and I was adjusting to life as a stay at home mom, I got bored being at the house all day. I look back now and say "Bored!! Ha! I can barely remember what that was like!" But at the time I was the only one of my friends who had a child. Almost all of them were working or still in college. So most days it was me and Lilly. John and I didn't have a lot of money, in fact, we had hardly any money to spare. To occupy my time....I'd go window shopping. Shopping not because I actually needed something but just to look and see what was there. Do you know that shopping is the #1 form of entertainment in the U.S. today? Since then, we've moved out into the country and, in doing so, I have kind of been weaned from that. But it's also given me time to reflect on how shopping, window shopping, had an effect on me.
First, and probably the biggest effect, was that it made me very discontent with what I DID have. I'd go to target and see all the cute baby stuff, all the fashionable clothing, the trendy things I could be buying to decorate my house and I'd want it. Of course! But what does the Bible say about it??
"Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content." Philippians 4:11
"Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ" Ephesians 5:20
And trust me...I was not content or thankful!
Another reason, which at the time I was rather ignorant of, was that I really should have been at home. There were certainly things that I could have been doing at home. But maybe it was more that I didn't want to do that laundry so I'd go shopping instead. In hindsight, I can think of lots (and LOTS) of things that would have better occupied my time. Just a thought.
So, a few suggestions for those times when you are at home and bored:
~take a walk
~invite a friend over for tea (I've got a post coming up on coffee...just wait!)
~read a book to your children
~organize something (believe it or not, I do this quite a bit when I'm bored!)
Any other ideas of ways to beat boredom??
Thanks for reading!
Running the race,