By allowing ourselves to be bored, we can engage in meaningful activities, things that bring us joy

Covid-19 has forced many of us to reflect on our lives and the future we work towards. With the closure of schools and work from home becoming a new reality, it is time to question the ways we have lived our lives.

Regardless of the culture we belong to, we (‘grown-ups’) have been brought up with the idea that an ‘idle mind is a devil’s workshop’. We pass this on to our children who are in turn told ‘not to waste time’ and ‘do something’. The emphasis is always on doing rather than being, on outcomes and achievements rather than savouring the moment.

‘I am too busy for this’ has become a status symbol; with the fear that maybe not being busy enough will be construed as a failure or is a feature of an under-achiever. For the past several decades, there has been a trend of working extremely hard and then going on luxurious breaks. The cycle goes on. But with onslaught of Covid-19 the world has come to a stand-still and we are running out of ideas to entertain ourselves and our children. We can no longer hide behind our schedules, timetables and rush hours, a lot of us may even be confused with the time we find on our hands.

Published: khaleejtimes.com | June 1, 2020

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