Counting Our Blessings: Antidote to Boredom

Question

Hi Rabbi, I’ve been cooped up with my parents and siblings for too long due to the COVID-19 pandemic. I’m really, really bored. Any suggestions? Thanks.

2 months

Answers

  1. Many people seem to be bored with their lives. They look for diversion in activities such as swimming with sharks, bungee jumping and extreme sports. Others obsessively pursue whatever is new – fashion, music, or high-tech gadgets. This boredom really stems not from a lack of novelty, but from a lack of appreciation of life itself and all the blessings of life.

    A person who takes pleasure in his very existence, who savors the beauty of the natural world and the richness of human relationships, is unlikely to be bored, or to take anything for granted. A young child finds the world endlessly fascinating; but too often the sense of wonder erodes in adulthood. Through the recitations of blessings, Judaism tries to help us retain this unspoiled perspective and increases our appreciation of the pleasure and wonder of life.

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