Monday, August 18, 2008

My inner child is bored

When children are bored you don't entertain them, especially if they are intelligent, you do what you can to help them learn to be creative and entertain themselves. (So say some of the writings on gifted children). My inner child is bored right now. I think this is a bit odd since school is about to start and I have plenty to read, but I am bored anyway.

One of my favorite books of all time is called "Let your life speak" by Parker Palmer. And ironically this Frederick Buechner book is called "Listening to your life". These books represent a parent, albeit a literary one, challenging me to be creative and entertain myself. But, I want to sit both books down on a hard kitchen chair somewhere and explain that I wish I didn't know my life or in this case, my bored inner child, had a voice. 

But, I shall do what the gifted children experts (And Palmer) say. I won't try and entertain or distract my inner child. I will instead sit down and listen to this life of mine and ask it what those experts suggest you ask bored children: 
"Ask your child to tell you what it means to be bored. Ask probing questions, like “Can you tell me more about that?” or “How would you make things different if you could?” or “What would the perfect day look like?” Don’t put words in the child’s mouth such as “Are you not learning anything new at school?”

As is stated in the article "The Benefits of Boredom," there are actually good things that can come from this lack of engagement. It can lead to periods of creativity, giving the mind time to wander and the time necessary to put those thoughts into action.
And then I will also grieve because for me part of bordom is also due to the fact that one of my sources of challenge and vision is going to be gone in a year, school. 

1 comment:

Elaine said...

The title of this post made me smile. It's very you. :)