Yaaawnn. The most boring day today. Not talking about my day, but everybody’s day. But that could make for a very good day according to Oliver Thring’s Sunday Times piece ‘To unleash your inner genius just copy out the phone book’…
- “Boredom can be good for us, research suggests, because it allows the mind to roam, spurring creativity. Oliver Thring casts aside his ennui to discover more…Try to consider this, the next time you are stuck at an airport or in an interminable meeting, or want to fling your textbook across the room. All that boredom — energies misdirected, the vague, inchoate need to do something, the lack of choice — could, in fact, prove useful to your mind.… A growing corpus of research is showing that, while chronic boredom can have a profoundly negative impact on mental health, transient boredom can play an important role in spurring creativity…’Daydreaming, in turn, allows us to think laterally and more creatively.’… Boredom and its synonyms occur repeatedly in literature and philosophy. For Nietzsche it was ‘the disagreeable windless calm of the soul that precedes a happy voyage and cheerful winds’. The Danish philosopher Soren Kierkegaard wondered if gods had created man out of boredom…The artist is expected to use boredom as a spur to invention.… We’ve got to go back and encourage youngsters to be bored so they can build dens and come up with creative, imaginative play…’Many of the things we think of as boring actually have hidden beauty when you start to look at them.”
My wife Lori and I always used to crave boredom in the midst of growing family and career (now we are able to carve out a bit more vegetative time).
Embrace the failure of activity and stimulation.