Bored and Busy Mama. If you’re wondering where that name comes from, I must admit I didn’t come up with it at all! The credit goes to my two-year-old! One hot afternoon in early August, while we were stuck at home due to COVID-19 lockdown restrictions, she comes up to me and with a big sigh says, “Mama I’m so bored and busy.” It made me laugh aloud especially since she had only just started speaking proper sentences! As I went about my work later that day, I found myself smiling thinking about what she had said. I realized she had put into words what I was actually feeling- bored and busy. Busy yet bored.
Can you, in fact, be bored and busy at the same time? I think you can. If the COVID lockdown has taught me anything, it is that I can be busy with so many things on my plate, yet feel bored out of my mind! In India, we are used to having help at home, maids who come for a few hours to help us clean. With the pandemic situation, that had completely stopped. There was so much to do around the house, while also keeping two energetic little girls entertained within the confines of our home. Add to that online classes for a five-year-old and you have yourself a fun fun day! Well, as busy as I was, I was also feeling bored (read lonely, tired, etc. etc.) I wanted to do more- not more cleaning of course ? but SOMETHING different! I remember reading a quote by Leo Tolstoy that said “Boredom: the desire for desires.” I believe God took my boredom and gave me the desire for MORE; to TRY more, to DO more, to LIVE more, to LOVE more, to ENJOY more and even to BE more. I wanted to do things differently and also to really enjoy what I was doing day in and day out. This blog is one of the outcomes of those desires that arose out of my boredom, the desire to write more.
Just like you, I’m trying to focus on and enjoy the sweet and simple moments in my bored and busy life. Small sticky hands in mine, sweet morning cuddles in bed, wet kisses, tiny feet walking in my shoes, sweet voices begging for one more song at bedtime, arms wrapped tight around my neck- these are the things I want to hold on to. My most precious memories.
Well, there it is! Now you know…I’m Bored and Busy Mama! Busy with the many responsibilities God has placed in my life and sometimes bored too, but using that boredom to aim higher and do better for His glory. All for HIM.
Soli Deo Gloria.
For he satisfies the longing soul, and the hungry soul he fills with good things. Psalm 107:9