All-the-Things-You-Can-Do Whilst Sitting Down

Being an invalid for 2.5 years will give you ingenuity—after all, “Necessity is the mother of invention”—and also make you somewhat crazy. Here’s a crazy list maybe you can draw from when you too have sick days.

  • Read a book
  • Read a magazine
  • Read an article online
  • Surf the web (wikipedia, etc)
  • Write a book
  • Write a daily journal
  • Write down a habit you do and wish you could quit, then write why you won’t quit—refer back to this daily and note any changes
  • Write about memories—the highest and lowest moments of your life and what you learned (and are still learning) from them
  • Write about life-goals—what do you want to accomplish in 10 years, and what is keeping you from doing that in 6 months?
  • Watch a movie
  • Watch a documentary
  • Watch a TV show
  • Watch a lecture on theology, physics, or how to write the next Great American Novel (youtube, vimeo, etc)
  • Think about life and its meaning
  • Daydream about your perfect world, then think about what makes it perfect, and dissect your worldview by what you value as “perfect”
  • Daydream about being an astronaut one day
  • Imagine life without evil
  • Imagine what God thinks when you brag
  • Think about God—imagine the world from his point of view
  • Read a book and imagine being the character—spending more time imagining than reading
  • Listen to pop music and deconstruct the worldview
  • Listen to classical music and try to follow the logic
  • Listen to a lecture (or series)
  • Listen to an audiobook
  • Listen to a sermon (or series)
  • Learn how to better use your computer
  • Learn how to better use your iPhone
  • Learn how to categorize knowledge so you can learn in chunks
  • Learn about different cultures
  • Learn about God's creation: science (biological, astronomical, etc), physics, quantum mechanics, Laws of Nature
  • Learn about the people in it: history, social scientists, artists, theologians, philosophers, etc.
  • Learn about the reason behind it: ask questions (philosophy) and find answers (religion) and stick to them
  • Read an entire book of the Bible in one sitting and then force yourself to repeat the main events/themes out loud without looking—taking all day if necessary
  • Pray and tell God why you hate being sick
  • Pray for your church and its problems
  • Pray and thank God for three things, then convince yourself of their value by imagining what life would be without them
  • Thank God for the life He’s given you and ask Him to make you a better man/woman through the common means of disciplines and habits
  • Text a friend and tell them you’re sick and they should feel sorry for you, then give yourself a high-five.

If you want to do any of these and want resources and/or recommendations, email me.

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