I 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 be thankful for your food and the people who made it possible.
At home, it’s usually me that cooks. I enjoy it, and I appreciate it when someone else does cook. It was a real treat a month or so ago when my son came down, bought supplies, and made sushi for me while I got to sit at the counter and relax.
As someone that’s worked in lots of restaurants, I appreciate the work people put into cooking and serving food. During the pandemic, I’ve rarely gotten prepared food, but I have gotten a few meals. In particular, one of my local groceries has fresh sushi they make. I make it a point to complement the chefs there and thank them for making it.
I also try to stop and think about how hard it must be for certain people to work in the restaurant business, owners, cooks, servers, etc., all struggling I’ve tipped more, and as I write this, my wife and daughter are heading to town to a local Poke bowl place. We used to get bowls and sushi there, but the owner had to shrink is menu to just ramen and poke. My wife tries to go once a week to support him and say hi.
Always remember your circumstances, no matter how hard or easy, are not what others experience. Keep empathy in mind.