Daily Coping 31 Jul 2020

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 think about what you can learn from a recent challenge.

This wasn’t much of a challenge for me, but I learned something.

Colorado implemented a mask order on Jul 16. That morning I’d coached a practice a volleyball team and we had a lot of fun. When the mask order was put in place, I wondered what might happen. A few days later I learned how things would go when I went to an open gym to help coach.

After 6 girls the week before, we had 15 or 16 show up, all with masks. A big sign at the entrance noted that all coaches and players had to wear them. We took temperatures of everyone, as we have been, and then we went to work.

Wearing masks.

We ran drills, we played, and I only got a minor working hitting a few balls for them. Girls, however, ran around as they normally do, diving for balls and competing hard. A few would pull them down for a minute to catch their breath, but they wore them most of the time. I was impressed.

I learned that the mask thing, while annoying, isn’t that bad. Even for athletes working hard. The next Thursday I held my tryout prep again, this time I participated with the 9 girls while the other coach inbounded balls. I ran, and worked, sweating, wearing the mask the entire time.

It was hard, but I learned I can do it, too.

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