I started to add a daily coping tip to the SQLServerCentral newsletter and to the Community Circle, which is helping me deal with the issues in the world. I’m adding my responses for each day here.
Today’s tip is to treat everyone you interact with as though they are a friend.
This tip is a part of my world and life. I try hard to greet people warmly and treat them well. Whether it’s the cashier at the gas station, the produce person restocking the grocery, someone walking their dog in a park, and certainly people I meet at events.
It’s easy to get annoyed by life, or to retreat. It’s easy to be wary of others. It’s easy to assume things about another person based on their appearance. We all do it. We all have internal voices that pre-judge people and situations.
We sometimes have good reasons to do so. However, no matter what you worry, try to treat someone you interact with as a friend first. Greet them, talk with interest, listen, and enjoy their company.
You can always walk away. That’s a skill worth developing as well.