In those early days, I treated the drought much like I used to treat wildfire events when I worked on fire issues: as an acute problem -- an intense, urgent event that would have at least a somewhat distinct end. This is as opposed to a chronic problem -- one relatively unchanging in condition and with no definite end.
I've been thinking about acute versus chronic conditions a lot lately because treating a chronic problem like an acute problem is mostly unhelpful, and definitely unsustainable. In the medical world, an acute problem might be a morning headache -- a couple acetaminophen tabs might fix it. A chronic problem might be weekly migraines that are only eased by long-term stress reduction.
Thinking about drought as a chronic issue, one with no foreseeable end, changes a lot. For example, it means I have less tolerance for the daily play-by-play, will-this-set-of-storms-mean-the-drought-is-over, kind of stuff. Like, almost none.
Instead, it makes me want to practice, every day, re-dedicating my time and energy to the deeper issues, the areas that need the most attention, the hard stuff. The hard stuff is hard for a reason, and therefore intimidating. Trying to figure out how to have it be less so.