“Bored! Bored! Bored!”
So, Sherlock Holmes said with his whole heart, as he pronounced how he felt about his mundane life!
(Made me laugh out loud! I like this man!)
Tonight is the last night all of us will be home together and what did we do? Watch a Sherlock Holmes.
I realize that not all of you are Sherlock fans, but with older children who love England, have lived there and love mysteries, Sherlock is a by-product. One of his recent episodes started out, “Bored! Bored! Bored!”
Tonight, Sarah Mae and I will be talking about just what to do when you are bored or feel like you will never live your dreams. Join us. Find out from her HERE what to do to join us–buy her book and share the evening.
All of us get restless. I can identify with Sherlock!Once in a while, this fog creeps upon me and makes me suddenly uproariously allergic to the mundane. It’s as though I can’t breathe! And I put my mind to thinking of escapes, adventures, fun things I can do to rest my spirit and to just have fun. You just can’t live intensely and seriously all the time or you will explode!
So, I have been scheming and designing a strategy for fun in my weeks ahead so that the work load and daily things don’t overwhelm. And I would love to know, what is your favorite REAL thing to do when you get bored? It can’t have facebook or reading online in the answer.
When my children were younger and I was about to explode, these are some of the things I would do:
1. Put them all in the car with a book on tape and take a ride into the mountains with a frozen yoghurt at the end of it.
2. Take everyone to a big bookstore like Barnes and Noble and get myself a cup of coffee–that only I sipped, while they explored.
3. Go to a local park and ask a family to meet us for a picnic lunch.
4. Go to Focus on the Family and let the kids explore while I just sat.
5. Find a French cafe for breakfast and ask a friend for time alone just for me. (Yes, I had to find someone to somehow stay with the kids, but I would trade with a friend at times and occasionally Clay could watch them for me on weekends.)
6. I keep a secret fund that I add to every month–like a savings account for Sally. And I have taken trips, bought something I wanted, gotten a massage, or gone to a movie all by myself!
7. I love outdoors, so I would take the kids to the national trails not to far from our home and hike and wear them out so they would take really long naps!
8. I love hot baths and salts in the bath and candles.
9. Ask Clay to plan to take the kids for a whole morning so I could sleep and stay in my jammies as long as I wanted and do whatever I wanted without any responsibility!
10. Clay married me when I had been adventuring all over Europe as a missionary. He has understood this from the beginning and even told me he knew it was in my blood and that we would save for it! I love planning places to go with my children and one other friend with her children. Even if it is to the museum an hour away, or a concert in the park, or a historical house nearby. I always kept places in mind. If the kids and I were ever about to explode in a day or every one was fussing. (lots of snowy days here!) I would just stop what we were doing, call this a field trip day, and jump in the car and get out—getting everyone out–often outside–sometimes quailed the nagging fussing little attitudes. Too many sinful people shut up in a house for too long can make for very trying day–leaving home and deciding to play was a way we all made it. And still all of my kids have actually grown up and become responsible adults. I was just never afraid to have fun.
If I was bored in my home, I could be pretty sure they would also be bored. And so we worked hard and then when explosion was near, playing hard and having fun was much better than one more lecture or correction–and it made us all happier, too.
So, what do you do for fun when you are bored and about to explode!?
Find out what we do when we get lonely or bored!