Standing out in the rain holding a sign on a street corner with 30 other liked minded folks for an hour last night was pretty boring. We were being politically active and supporting a cause we all believed in. We talked. We chatted but it wasn’t very exciting.
It occurs to me that many of the most important things we do are not very exciting. In the realm of wellness, we all hope that when we get sick that one day we are just miraculously well. Sometimes this happens. Usually when we have the flu, although that’s not always true even then. In chronic illness the more typical “getting better” phase is slow and ponderous with as many steps back as forward. We do those things that should be good for us and keep doing them, wondering if they will help. Sometimes it’s hard to tell unless we really look closely. Was I able to get up and shower with more ease more times this week than last? Is that a trend or a fluke?
It’s boring to have to monitor life so closely. However, as I stood out in the rain, it occurs to me that some of the most important things we do are kind of boring. We don’t live on aha moments. We live in moments that are just things getting done. We can feel proud of those moments because that is living too. If we treasure each moment, nothing is really boring. I know that I made a small contribution to the whole. I talked to people that I would never have met otherwise. It feels good even if it isn’t the most exciting thing in life.
Sometimes boring is good.