I’ve started to add a daily coping tip to the SQLServerCentral newsletter and to the Community Circle, which is helping me deal with the issues in the world. I’m adding my responses for each day here.
Today’s tip is to share an inspiring quote with others to give them a boost.
I love quotes. One of the things I’ve been doing across the last year is not to just wish someone a Happy Birthday online, but find a quote that I think applies to them and gift it to them.
There are some quotes I used often. Amazon once sent me a bookmark (when those mattered) with the quote “A room without books is like a body without a soul.” I love reading, and that one stays with me. Not very inspiring, but memorable. These days my books live in my mobile.
Hope for the best, plan for the worst, from a Lee Child series, is one I always think about, but really that’s not inspiring either.
When I think about inspiring someone, especially my kids or the kids I coach, I think about what has helped me in life. I’m certainly a grinder, someone that plods along and works hard. I’ve never been afraid of hard work, sometimes working too much. I’m not the smartest, or the quickest, but I do get things done.
One quote that stands out to me is this: 千里之行，始於足下
which is probably more familiar to you as: a journey of a thousand Chinese miles starts beneath one’s feet.
I try to move forward. I have learned to relax and stop working, especially outside of work hours. I’ve learned to flex my schedule, taking care of things when needed, but also meeting the milestones and deadlines for my commitments at work. I’ve also learned to work across time, not being discouraged by a lack of progress today or daunted by a large undertaking.
At least at work. I’ve gotten good there. In the rest of my life, I’m still learning, which is why this quote is something that inspires me. Hopefully this inspires you as well.