Daily Coping 1 Sep 2021

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 share an article, book, or podcast that helped you.

Lots of stuff helps me, but I‘ll pick an item that really got me to stop and think for a minute.

Scott Hanselman interviewed Abel Wang a few months back. I never had the chance to meet Abel in person, but I have watched him present and speak many times over the years. I did host a webinar with him last year and had the chance to sit and talk with him beforehand. I always assumed I’d run into him at some event or at Microsoft and get to shake his hand.

That won’t happen. Sadly, Abel passed away after a battle with cancer earlier this summer. Re-watching that interview, re-posted the day he passed, was a good reminder to me to not wait for some time to do things I want to do.

I am trying to tackle parts of chores, not waiting for a big block of time. I’m making small strides in areas I am interested in without putting things off. I’m learning that there are some things I don’t care about, and I shouldn’t spend time there. I’m also starting to travel where I can and enjoy the time that I get with my wife. As limited as it is during the pandemic, I’m trying to just get busy living.

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