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 see something good about something that went wrong.
I was coming home from vacation recently and our flight got delayed and delayed. We went from a 2 hour, to a 3 hour, to a 5 hour delay. Then the flight was moved to the next morning, early at 6am, which meant we needed to find lodging and get up incredibly early.
After quite a few hours in the airport, we grabbed a taxi and went to a hotel. No reasonably priced hotels nearby, so a much longer ride than we wanted, no restaurant at the hotel or anything close, and by the time we arrived, we were only about 8 hours from needing to leave again.
Easy to complain and be upset. It was better to appreciate that I got another night with my wife away from life, and we could afford to deal with the issues, and we’d gotten some food at the airport earlier and had some snacks in bags. We’d seen friends in the airport and had time to chat with them, which hadn’t happened much this past year.
Looking at the positives reduced stress and reminded me that life was good that day, even with a few bumps in the road.