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 bring to mind people you care about and send love to them.
My direct family is very important to me, and I try to think about them and let them know regularly. Extended family less, but they are still people I care and worry about.
However, there are others in the community that I contact less, and I want to take time to think about them for a few minutes. I don’t want to name people directly, but I’ll generally remember think about them in this post.
I have a friend that is struggling with work and professional changes during the pandemic. We’ve been trying to get together, but it’s been hard. I sympathize, but I also know how busy I can get and how stress can increase if friends are reaching out a lot. As a result, I’ve tried to not put pressure on us getting together. Just a few “hope you’re doing well” notes.
Another friend is in a new role. Busy, trying to impress, trying to do more, and enjoying it. I’m hoping this person is doing well and I’m looking forward to seeing them sometime in the next year.
I’ve got someone I used to see regularly in my travels, and have enjoyed many drinks and meals over the years. I’m missing those interactions, but I see from their activity that they seem to be coping, probably better than I have been. I’m cheering them on today.