Today’s coping tip is to give thanks. List the kind things others have done for you.
I know that my life is great, but it’s because of a lot of help I get from others. I do a lot, but I can’t do it alone.
I thank my wife for supporting me and comforting me.
I thank my kids for the same, and for helping out around the house, which lets me tackle other things. Not the least of which is helping their Mom so I don’t have to do as much on the ranch.
I think Andy, my former business partner for the friendship, counsel, and reminders of things that I should think about, but sometimes don’t. He helps keep me balanced and thoughtful about the world.
I think my bosses at Redate this year, Tom and Annabel, for the support and help at work. Cecilia was wonderful in supporting me at events, and lots of others taught me things and helped me through the year. They helped me cope and thrive during a busy year.
I thank all the SQL Saturday organizers for their efforts during a tough year of restarting the brand. I think the speakers and helpers for volunteering and the attendees for coming. It was a year that exceeded expectations (blog). These people helped me with inspiration and confidence this was a good idea.
I thank my friends for the time, conversations, lunches, dinners, drinks, and wonderful times spent together, which fulfilled a lot of social needs.
I want to thank the kids on my volleyball team, both for the 2022 season and those I’ve started to work with for 2023. They give me hope for the future, they extend my family by being a set of surrogate daughters when my own is away from home most of the time (and not a child anymore), and they inspire me to work harder with their efforts.
There are plenty of other people to thank, but these are the top of my list.
I started to add a daily coping tip to the SQL Server Central 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.