This is the twenty-fifth post in my A Join A Day series about SQL Server Joins. Make sure to let me know how I am doing or ask your burning join related questions by leaving a comment below.
With today's post I would like to take a brief break from the technical stuff and instead provide some life lessons that are too complex to be expressed in T-SQL. Because of that I did have to get some help:
Earlier this week on a snowy Hamburg day I was sitting having tea with Sebastian and his parents when I mentioned to Sebastian that December 25th, Christmas Day, is a most important day for joins. With my knowing nothing about SQL, he of course was a bit skeptical. When I told him what I meant and that he should write about it, he (who has never been accused of being overly sentimental) told me that I should take a crack at writing it instead. So here goes…
Although Christmas Day is celebrated as a holy day for Christians around the world, it is a day symbolic of days in which people join to do something they love with someone they love. And as I get older, I have come to realize that by joining and sharing yourself in something greater than just you shouldn’t be something that you do once a year. Your ‘joining’ day doesn't have to be a religious day, Christmas Day, or even December the 25th. It can be any day for any reason. Your day-to-join may occur frequently, last for several days, months, or years, or if you're very lucky – be every day that you live. So the day that something excites you, enlightens you, impassions you, humors you, or even maddens you -- and makes you want to share it with others – let that be the day you join in! Believe me, writing a "Month of SQL Joins" and sharing with a community as passionate as you are about SQL has been a month of Christmas Days for Sebastian. And even though he won’t say it -- I know he believes it is in joining together that we as people can unite in creating a better world. Perhaps in the writing and reading of these blogs, you all can create a better SQL world. So in the spirit of the holidays, or whenever your Christmas days may be I wish you many happy days of "joins".
To close my little discourse on ‘joins’, I figured that it just wouldn’t be right to leave out perhaps the best and most hopeful and worthy "join" ever -- for it is in the joining together of humans that we become humanity. In the words of the immortal John Lennon: "Imagine all the people living life in peace. You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one. I hope someday you'll join us, and the world will be as one."
Peace to all, Lisa
This post is part of my December 2012 "A Join A Day" blog post series. You can find the table of contents with all posts published so far in the introductory post: A Join A Day – Introduction. Check back there frequently throughout the month.