Today’s coping tip is to focus your attention on the good things you take for granted.
My life is great. I used to say perfect, but a few struggles lately have me appreciating it more and understanding that there are things I wish were better.
I have taken for granted my ability to walk, to use my hands, and to use my mind. Lately I’ve been appreciating those things more as I’ve run into a few friends or friends of friends that aren’t as lucky.
I had ankle surgery last year, and my wife this year. We struggled to get back to normal, and I’m still not, but I am better than I was. I appreciate my ability to walk on my own and hope to get in a lot of walking and visiting new places while I can.
My hands work, but a few years ago Rush retired from performing. Alex Lifeson’s hands were one reason. I think about that often as I try to learn new songs on guitar.
I also have run into a few people who have had health issues affecting their brains. My father was starting to suffer from dementia before he passed. I appreciate my cognition for now.
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.