Play While Hurt

Feb 23 2006

So I’ve been sick the past couple of days. Well, the past two weeks, really, but sick enough to stay home from work for the past couple of days.

Which has gotten me to thinking. I’m home, and I have all this spare time. Obviously, I can’t be as productive as I would be were I healthy. But why not spend some of that time on my various and sundry projects? I could at the very least, say, blog more, or review server logs. I could even write. I don’t do any of these; I surf the web.

Why? Sure, I want to relax. But why not spend that “down time” doing something useful? If my body is resting, why can’t I use my mind?

I guess it’s because the mind and body are linked (to quote Brennen, “You can’t get away from the physical world.”). An ill body makes for an ill mind, to coin a Franklin-esque aphorism that’s probably more cute than true.

So, the question becomes: could I spend that recharge time doing something useful? Watching anime I’ve been meaning to watch? This would require some discipline, to push myself to do that instead of watching another MST3K episode. But…why not?

Comments:

Brent By the way, in response to requests, you can now have a larger textbox for writing comments. Just edit your preferences, select the larger text box, and click the “Save” button.
Gret To me sickness is your body saying, “It’s time to take a rest” but at te same time what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. Go for it.
Brent On the other hand, what doesn’t kill you can make you feel terrible for decades….
Anonymous Watching anime is something useful that requires dicipline? Is it like, Grave of the Fireflies or something?
Animom “Do what you can do and what you can do is enough.” I subscribe to that. Especially don’t feel the ought to’s when you’re sick. You’re real job is to get well. After that — well â€” only YOU can decide what you’re up to doing. You go like a house a fire most of the time, Brent — sometimes you may just NEED a rest. :o)
Anonymous Rest your mind- rest your body â€” rest your soul â€” then get on with the rest of your life.

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