The Case of the Bored Child goes like this: The child has a day off from school, and flops around while whining, “Mommy, I’m soooo bored! What should I do?”
To which the mom calmly points to the Bored Check List that is posted on the fridge door. The boldly typed fridge list has 30 ideas faster than a child can utter, “I’m bored.” And the kid gets the unspoken message – loud and clear from mom: Listen, it’s time for you to figure it out and find a way to entertain yourself.
Okay, so that’s what’s done when kids are bored stiff. But, what about when grandmothers are literally bored out of their minds? How do they occupy their time? Continue reading
Passions are hobbies. Painting, coloring, drawing, knitting, playing music, and so forth.
People are “into” their hobbies. They enjoy doing them and keeping busy with their pastimes.
Hobbies and Passions – Or Addictions?
These days everyone is talking about their addictions – otherwise known as things that they can’t stop doing, which by the way is the actual definition of “addiction.”
When someone is addicted to alcohol or drugs, they cannot stop.
When someone is “addicted” to carbohydrates (that would be me!), they can’t stop (but wait! I haven’t had carbs in several days, right?).
But lately the word “addiction” has become loosely used for folks who have passions and interests that they enjoy. Dr. Abraham J. Twerski, M.D., discusses addictions in his own writings.
For the purpose of this post, we can call many passions “addictions” if we enjoy them so much that “cannot stop” doing them.
For example, writing. Continue reading