“Enjoyment appears at the boundary between boredom and anxiety, when the challenges are just balanced with the person’s capacity to act”  – Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi – Flow

So with that in mind I’ve been considering how often I get bored and why!

I am – mostly – bored with my job.  I haven’t been over the last month or so as I’ve been busy programming a system which has stretched my skills sufficiently within my capacity to act but not to the point where I couldn’t solve the problems – hence I experienced a fair amount of enjoyment!

I enjoy coaching. When I coach I experience Flow.  I become completely absorbed in what I’m doing and the client in front of me.  To see a client have a breakthrough moment – never mind how small – gives me great enjoyment in seeing their pleasure in achieving something for themselves which they didn’t feel was possible.  Even when they don’t always ‘get it’ right away I get pleasure in helping them consider possibilities which they’d never thought of.

Carrying out a task can cease to be enjoyable when my capacity to act is thwarted either by my own inability or skill – whatever.

I am experiencing this in no small degree over my website!   My inability to configure and customise the pages the way I want them has dumbfounded me and left me frustrated and – I will admit – rather cross.  And since the only person I can get cross with is me, this has not been an enjoyable experience!!  And has left me fairly anxious.  I don’t enjoy ‘half-measures’!

My inability to ‘market’ myself is also rather irritating!  Much to my surprise I don’t seem able to sell myself!   So clearly I must now retrace my steps, reconsider this aspect of my goal and find a route which achieves what I want to achieve.  There is no point in ‘banging my head against a brick wall’!

Then there is the house-hunting!  Initially I found this boring, then I became anxious!  A happy medium is what I required.  Friends are taking up my cause – wow it’s lovely to know they are there. So great not to be doing this on my own.  I am feeling valued and supported which is great.  And actually having their support has now made the activity far more enjoyable!

I am not alone, I don’t have to do deal with all the issues of life alone.  People are available and often want to help!

And all help is welcome and enjoyable.

It’s great letting them into one’s life!


“Boredom is the mother of invention”

Perhaps – finally – boredom is what’s beginning to win through!  Boredom with the whole flaming deal I have at the moment.  Boredom of being alone in the house.

Because, dear reader, to be quite truthful, I AM BORED!!  And maybe that’s what I needed to be – to get off my backside and do a few more things!!

I am even getting bored running the “What If” tape and the “Why” tape round and round in my head in the middle of the night.  It all is excruciatingly boring!  You have no idea how totally dreary it is to find myself doing this!!

After all I’m not going to get any answers from me so what on earth is the point!!

I’ve been saying for ages “No Sympathy”.  And I mean it!!  I said so at my party back in November.  I am through that stage and have been for a while.

I may be dithering around feeling lost, hurt and wanting life to be different and yes, I still have issues I need to deal with in my own way and in my own time on it all.  But in the meantime I could do with having a bit more to do!!

OK I know I came up with my great idea to start a social club. But actually I don’t really, truthfully, have enough enthusiasm to set it all in motion.  Nice fantasy, but too much hard graft reality to do it all on my own!  At least not in the concept I thought of originally!!

So I need to get out more – especially at weekends – and do more!  What to do is of course the million dollar question. So I should just try a few things!

Blimey I sound just like my mother!!!