(This week’s post originally appeared on THWACK.com as a comment during the 2020 December Writing Challenge.)
I recognize that starting at COVID stats, poll numbers, or social media comments about your company (ahem) may have the opposite effect for some, but as I wrote back on day 4 (https://thwack.solarwinds.com/t5/Geek-Speak-Blogs/Writing-Challenge-Day-4-I-Was-Today-Years-Old-When…) knowing the facts (ie: data) about what is happening provides me with a sense of clarity, if not comfort.
But I think the key, as is so often the case, is in communication. In this case, it’s communication with myself. I have to be open to my own emotional state, and then honest about how that state is effecting me. False bravado, grim determination, or single-minded focus is of no help here.
“It’s fine” is good for memes, but not for me.