A friend called me for animal advice this morning. I have a lot of contacts in health, behaviour and rescue. Over the course of the conversation, she commented on my ability to find the good in any situation.
That's how I cope. I find the silver linings in clouds. That can be as simple as the unusual shape or colour of the cloud. I'm not immune to the fact that there's a severe thunderstorm raging all around me. Instead, I focus on the safety of our shelter, the electric charge in the air, the way people gather together to share resources.
I've felt unbearably sad today for no discernable reason. The weather was sunny and warm so I played outside with the dogs. I finished reading a good book out in the fresh air. I drove with the car windows down.
And I helped my friend brainstorm a solution to her animal problem.
At the end of the day, helping someone else is a good way to help yourself.