The Lonely Astronaut

Astronaut Scott Kelly’s Feet Aboard International Space Station

Most of us are starting to get a feel for what boredom feels like over the last couple of weeks. Sure, we have been locked inside the house before. At least for us, in Texas, it usually isn’t more than a day or two. Yes, it is boring but that is short term. What we experience now, is a longer term and it continues to get longer and more places are closing or restricting access.

In a lot of school districts, students have started going back to class Monday. Under normal circumstances that might be enough to break the kid’s cabin fever but these aren’t normal circumstances. Yes, they are going back to their studies but they still aren’t leaving the cabin and it is difficult to break cabin fever without leaving the cabin.

If anyone has a better idea of what our bored circumstances it would likely be an astronaut. Now retired astronaut, Scott Kelly wrote an opinion piece for The New York Times that he gave some ideas that helped him while aboard a place where you can’t go outside and play.

Here is a list of tips he thought might help. When I read them I agreed (even though I have never been an astronaut). Here are Scott Kelly’s tips.

  • Keep a schedule – He says he was always scheduled from when he woke up to when he went to bed. Include in the schedule bed time.
  • Pace Yourself – If you are not careful, everything can fall into the grind
  • Go Outside – He said the thing he missed most was going outside. He was craving nature. He worked on experimental flowers and that was the thing that came to be really important. He could go outside. Most of us can, we just need to do it.
  • You need a hobby – didn’t someone talk about that last week?
  • Keep a journal – Not necessarily the daily activities, that could get boring when you do the same thing over and over again. Instead, Kelly says to document experiences through the senses or write about memories.
  • Take time to connect – Don’t miss the opportunity to connect with family and friends (while maintaining good social distancing)
  • Listen to Experts – Don’t get guidance from social media
  • We are all connected – what we share is much more important tha what keeps us apart.

Well, do you have anything to add to the list?

Have a blessed day in the Lord,

Seeking the Genuine,

copyright 2020, J. Keith Broyles, All rights reserved
Permission given for the non-commercial use of this material


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I love Mike Ashcraft's book, "My One Word." For the past nine years I have participated and encouraged others to participate to in the "My One Word" Challenge. My first word was discipline was my word the first year. Since then my word has been focus, sight, jungle, peace, concentration, serve, genuine and this year is fit. I seek to be fit for my health, my family, my church, my ministries. I seek to be fit in any are of my life where God might point to me. I also have a nickname, "Dr. B." When I was a public high school teacher, Dr. B. is what most of my students called me, at least in my presence. I am still called that by many people though I no longer teach in public schools. I am the author of "Average Joe: With an Extraordinary Story" (available on Amazon). The book fits into the genre of "Biblical Fiction" or "Christian Fiction" and features some of the Bible's lesser known characters. The name of my blog is, "Fork in the Road." Life is filled with forks in the road. It isn't a matter of if we encounter a fork in the road, but when will we and how many will we experience in a lifetime. I love to strum my guitar. I am not a great guitar player but I enjoy it. I also enjoy writing music. I get excited with I feel a new song emerging. I live with my wife Cindy and our little dog, "Bishop" in Lufkin, Texas. I spent the past 30 years as a United Methodist pastor, serving churches all over east and southeast Texas, from just north of Tyler to south of Houston, from the Gulf Coast to east of Madisonville. I currently serve Perritte Memorial UMC in Nacogdoches. I spent one year in the classroom, teaching High School government, economics, psychology, and sociology. Cindy and I have been married for 43 years. We have two grown sons and six grandchildren, three boys and three girls. I enjoy preaching and all it's aspects from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading. I have dabble in drawing and "painting" with pastels as well as woodworking and woodcarving. My current projects are two ukuleles. I collect, repair and restore guitars too. I play the guitar (badly, but I still do) I also enjoy working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, TX, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology. This blog started out as devotional writings. In August of 2020, I made a major change to the blog, switching to a daily theme format. Sunday Sermon-usually my manuscript sermon Miscellaneous Monday-misc. writing, poetry, ministry Tuesday Thoughts-Devotion Wed. with Wesleys-hist. & theol. of early Methodists TED Talk Thursday-Video & appl. in current theology Five for Friday-5 things I've seen & my thoughts Sing-Along Sat. - Usually a new song I have written I write, "Strumming a G-Chord with Dr.B." to get my thoughts onto something permanent. After all, they say, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. Seeking the Genuine, Keith Lufkin, Texas August 2020

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