20. Work

“I’m bored.”

“Bored? How could you be bored? Gosh, there’s so much to do.”

“Like what?”

Boredom — it’s a common complaint among children. Don’t you feel like every now and then you could use a little dose of whatever it is – or isn’t – that’s making them so bored? If you’re anything like me, all of your time is spoken for, and it’s hard to even understand a complaint of boredom.

But I do understand why much of what occupies my time would be of no interest to a young mind. So much of my current work depends on earlier experiences and an acquired base of knowledge.


Work, I do believe, is boredom’s primary combatant. But work itself assumes a sense of purpose, skill, and desire. And these things must be wrought. Having something to do, in other words, demands the acquisition of skills, the dedication of practice, and the desire to perform.


Day 20 Guide


Boredom is the spirit lacking a sense of purpose and desire; work is one of its most important remedies. Commit yourself to something and stick with it.


© 2006, Levi Hill

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