I’ve been talking to friends and relatives about what to do while quarantined, unable to work, etc.
Fortunately, I’m working and have a great employer keeping our workspace safe and clean. However, I can relate to the boredom and depression that can result from having a lot of time on my hands. A few thoughts after consulting with friends and looking for ways to keep my son busy during these times:
· Spiritual/Personal Growth: No time is better than right now to do some self-reflection, get back in touch with your creator and learn something new. There are tons of online courses, most of which are free, to learn new hobbies and skills. Check out the Bible App for some great plans and daily inspiration as well.
· Physical Growth: One of the things I’m looking most forward to in early retirement at the end of next year is being able to better organize my diet and workouts, as being at the whim of someone else’s schedule has a HUGE impact on both. The picture above is some work I did recently to rip out a drop ceiling and carpet and move some old equipment around to create a home gym. Nothing fancy or pretty, but it eliminates any excuses for slacking.
· Family Time: Man…We all claim that our family is the most important part of our lives, but when we (and I mean ‘ME’ here) really have more time for those closest to us, what do we do? I admit failing here but have recognized this and am really enjoying dedicating more time to those I care about the most.
· Finishing Things: I am part of an accountability group and the 4 categories we report on are Faith, Family, Fitness and Finances. Something I’ve learned a lot about throughout this pandemic is the importance of sticking to the plan. Routine is critical to success. Look at all highly successful people and they have that in common. I’ve worked hard throughout this situation to continue to report and be accountable to those I am motivated by and aspire to be more like.
· Give: Very simply, people around us are hurting right now. Who (what kind of person) will you want folks to tell your grandchildren you were years from now when this is behind us? Find something or someone in your community to help. Put yourself in their shoes. Have empathy. Think about all of the people who have helped you along the way. More important, think about how you want to be remembered and how you want your creator to think of you between now and the short period of time before you meet Him.
I get it. There’s a lot better advice out there and certainly more we can do with our time. Feel free to chime in. And please know that I’m thinking and praying for you and yours during these times. Thanks for taking the time to stop by and feel free to comment and share your own wisdom.