This is one of my oldest grandson’s favorite books, by Ben Cort.
It’s about a pig who is “Bored, bored, bored, bored, bored!”
So he sets out to find something to do that’s fun, but instead, tries to become someone else – a zebra, an elephant, a parrot, and more – in the belief that those animals have more fun than he does.
None of his plans work, though, and he becomes increasingly unhappy, until he finally finds another pig, who teaches him the fun of being a pig.
Cute book, with an interesting lesson – be yourself!
- Pig could have had a lot of fun with the things he did, if he had just played with them, instead of trying to be someone else. For instance, he made stilts in an attempt to be a giraffe. If he’d been enjoying them, instead of trying to impress others that he was a giraffe, he might have stopped being bored.
Do we do that? Miss out on the joy of life because we are trying so hard to be someone else, believing that who we are can’t or doesn’t deserve to enjoy life, or that others will find us more likable if we are someone else?
- He was bored because he hadn’t yet discovered how to be who he really was. When he met another pig, he learned how much fun it was to be himself!
And how many of us are in this position? Bored off our socks because we don’t know who we are, or who we are created to be? And to what lengths do we go in an effort to alleviate that boredom? What do we fill our days with to drown out the ‘I’m bored!’ cry of our hearts?
I found myself bored today. Wanting something or someplace new. Tired of all the books I own (having already read them multiple times); the puzzles and games I have (ditto on these). Sewing, cooking, even art, all bored me today.
In the past, when I reached this point, I usually went shopping, or to the library or the park. But today, none of those are options. And even if they were, they wouldn’t satisfy this bone-deep need for something different.
So today, I think I’ll try something new. I think I’ll get alone with Father God, and ask Him to tell me more about myself, my purpose. Or maybe I’ll just enjoy being with Him. That is never boring. He always teaches me something new about Himself or me, or reveals more of His sense of humor, or just loves on me.
May you be blessed today with a new understanding of who you are created to be and acceptance of it.
May you be blessed with things and ideas to fill any areas of boredom in your life.
And may you find that the best boredom-killer is time with Him.