Daily Coping 23 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 share an inspiring idea with a loved one or colleague.

Poker is a great metaphor for life.

I was reading The Biggest Bluff recently, and I found it fascinating. It’s about a psychologist who takes a year to learn poker and play in some of the biggest tournaments in the world. The poker part isn’t the biggest one, but really the thing that caught my eye was how poker is a model for decision making with imperfect information, in a way that forces you to really consider what things mean to you and what you are risking.

I hadn’t thought about that, and I’ve avoided poker often, outside of nickel/dime/quarter games, because of the concern of losing money. Instead, I see that I may be missing something.

I discussed this with my Mom recently, and she bought the book right away. It was a neat conversation and I’m looking forward to seeing what she thinks. I also wonder if I ought to get a small game going again with family or friends.

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