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Spare Time- Why?

Updated on August 28, 2011

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There are two things I do not understand, okay, there are many more than two, but for the purposes of this hub, lets go with two. They are spare time and boredom.

I’ll start withboredom. The last time I said I was bored either out loud or to myself was so long ago that the memory is lost in a sea of scenes that have taken palce over several decades, maybe more.

I do not understand boredom. I do understand tired but that is not the same. I am tired at the end of most days but there is so much to do and to discover that the concept of being bored eludes me.

Morning sometimes comes hard with the alarm ripping my mind away from that perfect dream and gradually confronting it with the reality that YES IT IS TIME TO GET UP. Put your feet ion the floor and stand. I wake up quick and am surfing online before 6.20 am. Just a preliminary look in case there is anything in the email to give though to or to action.

Next comes coffee and a chat with my wife. This has been our routine for thirty years and works very well; conversation punctuated by relaxed silence is renewing.

There is always something new to learn; a book to find and read; a magazine article that grabbed my attention when I was doing something else; a website to check out or a conversation about nothing and everything to have.

I also like to walk; I walk to take care of buinsess, errands that need doing; I walk just to be out and about and I walk for exercise. There are basuically two walking mindsets, the paying close attention and looking around to see what is there, and make mental notes, and the amble where paying just enough attention to keep from bumping into things is all that is needed.

Some of my best ideas have been born while walking.

One thing that is essential to never being bored is to admit that there is much you do not know and when you can do that you then have a wide array of potential activities to keep you busy that you will never get bored.

One of my favourite activities is to sit and have a good long stare. I use the back deck for this in the good weather and the front room in the winter or colder weather. I simply watch the world go by, no comments are made it is all simply observed, a very refreshing way to invest my time.

Speaking of time, what the heck is spare time? I don’t have any. Can’t remember when or if I ever did and really don’t want any. Now do not misunderstand me I am no hurry to run out of time, I like it here and want to hang around for as long as I can, I just can’t see classifying any of my time as spare. It all serves a purpose; a purpose, which for the most part I define.

People say they will, get something done when they find the time or have the spare time to do it. Time is not something you find it simply is. If what you want to do is truly important to you, you will do it, there will be no need to look for the time it will be there.

If you have not time to spare then perhaps it is time to asses how you are spending the time you have and compare that to how you want to be investing what you have. You may discover that time was never the real issue.

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  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    9 years ago from New Brunswick

    True, thanks for dropping by.

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    9 years ago

    I am never bored either. There is always something to do, doing nothing, at times, can keeps your brain thinking.

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    9 years ago from New Brunswick

    Thanks, then I am in very good mental health. :-)

  • Jerilee Wei profile image

    Jerilee Wei 

    9 years ago from United States

    Sitting and staring and thinking are absolutely vital to good mental health if you ask me. Excellent hub.


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