Allowing myself to be bored

I experience
a moment
of boredom,
and wonder
what to do next?
Doing nothing—
nothing doing—
Is there a shortcut
to happiness—
Do I have to
reinvent the wheel?
Do I always
have to be climbing
up a mountain or
creating something
new in order to not
feel guilty or
that I might be
wasting time?
Then I remember—
I’m still breathing
If that keeps me alive,
what else could be
more important?
I breathe in slowly
and experience
a moment of
genuine happiness.
I can do nothing.
I have everything.

Milton P. Ehrlich Ph.D. is an 89-year-old psychologist and a veteran
of the Korean War. He has published poems in Poetry Review, The
Antigonish Review, London Grip, Arc Poetry Magazine, Descant Literary
Magazine, Wisconsin Review, Red Wheelbarrow, and the New York Times.


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1 thought on “Allowing myself to be bored

  1. Sometimes, I also feel guilty for not doing anything.

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