Boredom is actually a precarious process in which the child is, as it were, both waiting for something and looking for something, in which hope is being secretly negotiated; and in this sense boredom is akin to free-floating attention. In the muffled, sometimes irritable confusion of boredom the child is reaching to a recurrent sense of emptiness out of which his real desire can crystallize… The capacity to be bored can be a developmental achievement for the child.
– Adam Phillips, psychoanalyst and author of On Kissing, Tickling and Being Bored
In my in-box courtesy of BrainPickings.org, and Maria Popova’s article on
why the capacity for boredom is essential for a full life.