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 respond to a difficult situation in a new way.
My winch broke. One of the rollers broke, but the wire was also wound in a strange way, which allows the door enough, but it’s a mess.
This means I have to take things apart, futz with the wire, which sometimes has metal bits hanging off, reassemble it, get back mounted, test, etc. In other words, it’s a decent part of a day, plus some parts.
I got mad a few times with the staff doing the work (others and my kids), because they weren’t really paying attention. I decided to not get upset, or even vent to my wife. Instead, I ordered a new roller, and a new mount to experiment. I used this as an opportunity to try something better, and just allocated some time out of my week to get this fixed.
Once I changed my attitude, things went smoother. Maybe I can “helper-proof” things this time.