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 be a realistic optimist. Focus on what could go right.
I find a lot of people think ahead and get concerned about the downsides. What could go wrong? They find reasons to not do something.
Of course, there are others that a few that leap first and worry about issues later.
I tend to be in the first group, though I’ve learned to recognize when I’m not being optimistic, when I am letting fear drive me. That has helped me to have confidence in most things going right.
Which they do. Most of the time things work out fairly well.
I’m trying to do this with SQL Saturday. I’m hopeful for the future and events, and understanding when people are hesitant. However, I am confident that more organizers will run events and more people will want to come to live in-person events.
I’m being optimistic, knowing that this doesn’t apply to everyone and I have empathy for the reality.