Daily Coping 13 Oct 2020

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 put down your To-Do list and let yourself be spontaneous.

The weekends are my time to usually get a few things done. A couple weekends ago my wife was gone, so I got up to manage morning chores, including letting baby Phoebe and Saturn out.


Then it was going to the gym to weight lift, then volleyball practice (coaching), then coming home and fixing fence until it got dark.


The next day wasn’t better. Morning yoga, then packing up and driving 2 hour for a scrimmage for 4 hours, then returning home late.

That’s not uncommon for my weekends, with a list of things to do, and moving from thing to thing. Some are for me, some for others, but it’s busy.

I can’t let go of things today, but I was thinking about this a few days ago as I started this post. I was exposed to someone that had someone in their household test positive for COVID-19. Not direct exposure, but this is how things spread rapidly.

  • Person 1 exposes person 2
  • Person 2 exposes person 3
  • Person 3 thinks everything is fine and goes about their day exposing Persons 4-100.

I didn’t think I had it, and it was unlikely, but you never know. Being cautious, I cancelled some things and rather than look at a todo list, I decided to do a few things I rarely do lately. I ordered some takeout (curbside, after all I live in the country), sat on the front porch, ate, played some guitar, read a book, watched some sports, and let a portion of my day just go away, unwinding.

I briefly felt guilty, but decided this was a good choice for a day.

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2 Responses to Daily Coping 13 Oct 2020

  1. Francesco Mantovani says:

    StackOverflow is down. You choose the right day to chill out 🙂


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