Genesis 4:12 - When you work the ground, it will no longer yield its crops for you. You will be a restless wanderer on the earth.”
Though this may seem like an odd topic to discuss, boredom can be a real enemy to those with physical or emotional pain with the loss of normal areas of our lives.
Perhaps you can no longer work.
Perhaps you can’t even venture far away from home.
Perhaps you find yourself over thinking about your disability.
Perhaps you feel you no longer have a purpose.
Perhaps you think there’s nothing you can contribute.
Perhaps you want to just give up on life.
These are all pitfalls that we can find dragging us down when our old routine is no longer possible. We just feel stuck and nothing feels interesting any more. And when we’re being dragged down, it makes our emotional pain increase and it becomes all we think about.
Yet, even if you can’t find fulfillment in your current life situation, there are ways to lift that boredom off your shoulders and throw it to the ground.
Wikihow.com has some great ideas such as learning a new skill and doing something you've been putting off, in the article, "How to Overcome Boredom.”
You can see that even though you no longer lead a “normal” life due to a chronic condition or emotional pain, there are ways that you can resolve your boredom and not be a restless wanderer as the Bible verse above says.
Karen Dalske is a freelance writer, public speaker, is active in her church and writes her blogs out of her own experiences of pain, illness and loss.