An Idle mind is a dangerous thing!
September 16, 2009 10:51pm CST
Do you agree with this statement? I could well attest to this in terms of relationships when I had no job and the only thing I'd do the whole day is wait for my partner to come home. I'd think about a lot of fearful things and would assume everything negatively. I think the same had happened to an online buddy of mine when she and her boyfriend eventually broke up because she was 'wringing his neck' every time they talk and she'd nag him if he was late a few minutes. I guess this really happens when you don't do anything. Your mind tends to wander off into oblivion and the worst thing is that you think about negative things a lot instead of happy moments. What do you think?
18 Sep 09
I sure do agree with this statement. An idle mind can lead to boredom. Boredom can lead to depression. Depression feeds on negative thoughts, beliefs or behaviors. All in all, quite a lousy cycle. Keeping yourself occupied is difficult for many, and many fall prey to the cycle. I see it frequently in seniors, stay at home single parents, and people who isolate themselves from family, friends, and social interactions. It can affect all people from all walks of life. The best thing to do is to find things to occupy at least a part of your day - volunteering, taking a course, finding a hobby, or even just going for a long walk can help.
18 Sep 09
In Jamaica, we say that the devil finds time for idle hands...that includes the mind! I know what you mean when you do not have things to occupy your mind you always seem to stray in thinking the worst. I find that happens the most for me when I am bored...So now when I feel the idle thoughts starting to gather in my brain(especially when in a relationship), i go and occupy my time with something, anything even if it seems simple just not to head down that road.
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17 Sep 09
I do agree that an Idle mind is the devil's playground. Its because we're bored. When I was out of work I would be at home alone and when anyone came home I would find myself all over them. Meaning I wouldnt even let them get their shoes off before I went into my speal. I wasnt feeling secure or confident. I needed to be with my loved ones and share my experiences and feelings. I would also sit home alone thinking that no one loved me. If I found a number on the computer desk I would immediatley assume he was cheating on me. THis man has been loyal to me since day one. I had to literally stop carrying on for no reason before I lost him. We are still together today and I am thankful that I realized this before I had made a mistake that could've cost me the man of my dreams. dl
17 Sep 09
Yeah vey true. That is why I don't like to stay idle. I keep thinking about my past and sometimes keep weeping, then suddenly I console myself...again I weep and I become dull. So I feel we should try to divert our attention towards using some constructive work that makes us feeel satisfied and happy at the end of the day.
17 Sep 09
Yes, you are right. Thee is a proverb 'an idle mind is devil's work place'. It is true and I have faced it. If a person is idle he thinks about unnecessary things. Sometimes if I am idle I think about the bad times I had and think and plan about doing revenge to people who have created problems to me. It may be small problem, but I think a lot about it, get too deep into it and becomese it a big issue. So, keep yourself always occupied.