Boring

BoringBoring is a word I find quite repulsive. One which I would love to see removed from our language. The way BOORR-ING is pronounced and used, sends shivers of frustration up my spine.

Many of us, young and old alike, sometimes find ourselves in situations which, for one reason or another, are uninteresting and offer little mental stimulation. Rather than attempting to do something to change the situation, we tend to bemoan our misfortune and openly describe our predicament as ‘Boorr-ring’.

Our youth in particular, are often heard claiming they are bored because ‘there’s nothing to do’. There is really ‘plenty to do’, but our senses today can easily become dulled from watching TV, videos and playing computer games. The things available ‘to do’ don’t seem to offer the same attraction as the unreal world of excitement that can be experienced in a lazy prone position in our own lounge rooms.

Being bored is an attitude of mind. It can dull our senses, prohibit us from enjoying even simple pleasures, and cause us to lose hope in ourselves and in the future.

Boredom can be overcome by a deliberate decision to change. In particular, change that enables us to think more positively about ourselves, the reality of the world we live in and the needs of those in our community who are less fortunate than ourselves.

It may be necessary to have the word ‘boring’ in our dictionary but do we have to make the word a part of our lives?

Peter Mack.

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