As the military guys (and gals) will tell you: Nobody puts it all on the line for an abstraction. It’s all about the guy (or gal) next to you. Thus, after my dark thoughts the other night – I share this IM interaction with my colleague:
Me: Having one of those days where I feel like anything I touch turns out poorly.
Him: Don't touch me.
That was all it took. I’m back! Wahoo!