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 let someone know how much you appreciate them and why.
This is probably easiest with family, but I wanted to step outside my comfort zone here. I decided to take a minute and chat with someone that has taught me a lot and enriched my life the last few years.
I coached my kids when they were young, but I stopped at some point. As my daughter became a competitive volleyball player, I enjoyed watching and supporting her. It brought back memories of all the times I’d enjoyed the game as a young man. At some point she become more independent, and I was less involved in her activities. I decided to start coaching at a competitive level.
The director of the club where she spent her last 4 years is someone whose company I’ve enjoyed over the years with lots of conversations and shared memories. I spent a year apprenticing with him and then assisted a few others before getting my own team.
In the time I’ve know him, he’s taught me a lot about a game that changed from my youth. He helped me learn how to coach, with all the tricks to push, inspire, motivate, comfort, and more, outside of teaching skills. He’s challenged my thinking and helped me to grow as a more well rounded person that has to work with and influence others.
I’ve really appreciated my time with him, and hopefully will get more as the world returns to a more normal pace in the future.