I'm trying not to let things get to me. Lordy, I am. And I'm trying to insert some perspective. Here are the things that I really oughtn't take personally:
1. Grad student who is just turning a corner on her thesis prep e-mails me on the day of her mock prospectus defense I organized to say that she can't make it... because she broke some bones in her foot that very morning and is trying to deal with the pain every time she moves while she tries to find someone to set it.
2. Grant due to have been paid out last fall still hasn't been paid out... because the country granting the money has had its economy more or less completely collapse.
3. Student plagiarized large chunks of a simple, 4-page source analysis, including material taken from a website and from a 600+ - page book written by my former dissertation advisor, because.... No. Actually, that one I'll file the academic misconduct forms first, and then I'll let it go. But it's still not something to take personally.
Another thing that all three of these have in common? All are irritations or inconveniences for me, but real honest-to-goodness crises for others. If I can manage to keep this in mind, I'll be okay.