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 re-frame a worry and try to find a positive way to respond.
Today, I truly worry for the way forward in the US. I don’t think we’re headed for civil war, or anarchy, or the collapse of the economy, but I do worry that we continue to devolve into a place I no longer want to live.
I consider leaving the country more and more, something I hadn’t done before the last 2-3 years. Despite my differences with people, leaders, laws, systems, etc., I have often thought this was one of the best places to live.
In some ways, I still see that. I see tremendous creativity, activism, and effort from young people. In way that I only read about people in the 60s, and didn’t experience in my generation, I see changes and work in a younger one. I don’t always agree, but I appreciate their work.
In some sense, I miss the simple world before the Internet, but at the same time, I am constantly amazed by the way in which young and old people produce music, media, art, sports, and share with the world. They come up with things that never get through some committee or individual funding work.
I’m also amazed by the enthusiasm and creativity of technology professionals. Certainly dismayed and disgusted by many, but the people that build software, that try to make something useful, that compile and distribute data, they are doing incredible things.
All this gives me hope and positivity at a time when many things are not.