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. All my coping tips are under this tag.
Today’s tip is to contact someone you can’t be with to see how they are doing.
One of the things I did early on in the pandemic was reach out every day or two to a few random people in my contact list. The pace of things slowed down across the summer, but I decided to have a few more in-depth conversations, rather than just a “how are you” query.
I opened up a Facebook Messenger conversation with a friend recently, reaching out to see what they were up to, and how life was going. Across a few days, we exchanged numerous messages, touching base and having a conversation around the rest of our busy lives.
On one hand I enjoyed the chance to reach out to someone and contact them. It was good to catch up and see how life was getting along.
On the other, this brought some sadness, as I had planned on seeing this person across the summer, which didn’t happen. With the prospect of months more of living like this, I’m disheartened that I won’t see this person for awhile.
Not a great coping day for me.