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 what values are important to you? Find ways to use them today.
I value hard work, openness and honesty, service, and kindness. I used all of these recently in a few ways.
Hard work – I had a few days off, and a slack day, but I needed to make up some work. Both because I believe in being a professional and because I have a lot to do lately before travel. I guess it also counts that I have a 2nd job as a youth sports coach, so I spend a lot of time over the winter doing that. Sometimes going from 7am to 10pm on practice days.
Openness and Honesty – Not a fun job, but I’ve had to deal with some Code of Conduct issues with SQL Saturday. I decided to be an adult and inform a couple of people personally that they were not welcome at any events. That day sucked, but I think being open and honest is important.
Service – I think we all ought to volunteer and help others where and when we can. I’ve been mentoring a few people in different ways to help with their careers. I continue to try and run SQL Saturday, which eats up some of my personal time, but I think it’s important to help the SQL Community move forward.
Kindness – A couple people, family and friends, have had some tough times. Some they’ve brought on themselves. I am only here to listen and support them. I try to show kindness and not judgment more often than not. I wish I did this all the time, but I don’t know I’ve learned how to do that.