Daily Coping 27 Jul 2022

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 go of something small bothering you and focus on something going well.

Most things that don’t go well in my life are small things. I am very blessed and I try to remember that on a frequent basis.

One small thing that’s bugged me lately is the struggle to get to a number of projects around the house and ranch that keep getting delayed. My wife has no shortage of things to do, and I have a number of projects that I want to finish, especially before winter.

An example is replacing a couple of posts that have broken and are (barely) holding up a gate. Started to dig out out, but paused since I wanted to cement both replacement posts in, and bad weather stopped me. I couldn’t get back to the work the next week, with too many things during the day and a few commitments at night that got in the way.

It’s hard, dirty work and just running out there for 15 minutes isn’t easy to do. I could go back to my desk in dirty jeans, but I’d prefer not to. As a result, this post is semi-replaced for over a week. Being out of town last weekend didn’t help. I started walking out there this weekend, but then it started raining. Just my luck.

I had a small medical procedure this week and I can’t exert myself for a week. So the posts are sitting there for now, while I heal. I’ve let this bug me, but really, I shouldn’t think this way. I should be pleased that I did get one post partially dug out, and I took a bit of time when I got home this weekend to do some chores for me daughter, who wasn’t feeling well. I did get things done, and this isn’t critical. The gate is rarely used, and I have gotten some more important things finished.

Ranch chores are going well. I need to remember that, even as I know there are other things yet to do on the list.

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