Vivid Views is my series of articles, blog posts and press releases show-casing my work as an author and reflecting my many years in business and self-employment. They are a blend of my real life experiences, professional insights, personal views and fun stories.
My hope is that in them you find enlightenment and inspiration. 'Do You Ever Get Bored?' is the 8th in the series.
My response to the question came by way of narrowed eyes and a scathing stare. I uttered no words. It wasn't that I hadn't heard the same asinine, “Do you ever get bored?” query before, it is just that my disappointment with those who pose the question never lessens. After several seconds of charged silence I raised my arm and, palm upturned, made a slow, indicative sweep around me.
“Can you smell the air?” I asked, “It's fresh and clean. Do you not feel the cool caress of the breeze? It carries the scent of wild flowers and the lavender where busy bees are buzzing about their business.” I pointed out the butterflies fluttering by, the dark silhouette of the mountains above us and the sparkling emerald of the ocean below. Lastly I indicated to the table where we sat, spread as it was with fresh local produce; hams, cheeses, fruit, legumes, seafood and wine to delight any palate.
“In your question itself, therein lies the answer,” I said. “You must look deep within your own existence in order to see with clarity why your question is senseless. Come back to me only when you understand the answer.”
With that he left; to resume his life as one of those hollow souls whose 'boredom' is relieved only by clattering cities, chattering technology, hectic greed and the frantic wastefulness of modern society. He never did return.
Had he done so, I would have welcomed him in and revealed to him the simple way to sift out the noisy and unnecessary from life and to concentrate on just those basic elements which really matter – fresh air, sunshine, nature, nourishment, laughter and love. He would first of course have to possess the ambition to better his life in such a way.
He would need to understand that the answers people seek in life are most often revealed in the questions they ask. In that context, “Do you ever get bored?” is a subliminal admission of unfulfilled need within the quester. The answer to which is to create a life in which you never feel a need to ask the question!
I am Tom Riach. I live and write in the sunny south of Portugal.
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