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Boring or Interesting Part II

Unless you are a late night shopper, you will eventually be in a line-up waiting to go through a cash register.  Anticipating the wait, stores usually have the latest gossip magazines and an assortment of high-priced candy placed at eye level to incite more spending.  When people get bored, they can read about the latest scandal or satisfy a chocolate craving as they wait.  That is, until consumers discovered mobile.  The line-up has taken up more exciting activities – texting, reading, gaming or watching the latest movie.  Entertainment is mercurial and unpredictable.

Just like the merchants with their product placements, we are motivated to entertain and attract friends and associates for a variety of business or personal reasons.  And just like the merchants, we are hard pressed to keep up with the latest trends and the technology that drives us to faster connections.

John Malkovich said, “I don’t want to be boring.  But that’s not always easy.” It’s not easy because we have defined our lives by entertainment. If we can entertain then we’re interesting.  But is this true? Entertainment is defined as the action of providing or being provided with amusement or enjoyment.  Whereas, interesting is arousing curiosity or interest; holding or catching attention.  There is a vast difference between the two concepts.

Interesting is all about who we are and what we aspire to be in the present and future. Every day we create lives that are uniquely extraordinary. Be interested in YOU.  Whether you are 18 or 81, engage in projects that sustains your curiosity and expands your horizon.  We live in a world that offers us communities that span the globe. Participate, share, exchange.  In the end, to be interesting, you must be interested in others and generous with your enthusiasm for their success.  When your life is filled with joy and beauty, boredom cannot exist.


“Plunge boldly into the thick of life, and seize it where you will, it is always interesting.”

Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe




By Rebecca Budd

Blogger, Visual Storyteller, Podcaster, Traveler and Life-long Learner

4 replies on “Boring or Interesting Part II”

I don’t know if this applies, but I am going to add it anyway. Groucho Marx said something like this: “I find television very interesting. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.”


He had a way with words. Simple, yet profound. Here is another one of his gems: “A child of five would understand this. Send someone to fetch a child of five.”


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