17 What Question Rules Your Life?

My children occasionally sit down, stare at me, and speak what they perceive to be the worst of all possible human conditions: “Dad, we’re bored!” Indeed, the feeling that life has lost its flavor is a significant spiritual malaise that can touch any of us at any age. So I ask myself, what is the antidote to boredom? How do we keep life feeling fresh and new? This is, at its heart, a deeply spiritual question.

My friend Steve, a mid-lifer like me, says that vacations are not what they used to be. “After all, once you’ve seen a few cathedrals, ruins, interesting towns, pretty beaches, and quaint shops, they all start to look the same. I feel like I’ve done it all before. . . .”

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