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 take time to start friendly conversations with people you don’t know.
I’m a bit of an introvert, and in general, I don’t look to engage in conversations with strangers too often. However, the separation and isolation of the pandemic has me changing a bit.
Mostly, I’ve been taking time in a restaurant to chat to a server, or more often now, an owner and ask them how they’re doing. In visiting a new exercise facility, I took a minute to ask the owner how life was, how things have changed, and what things they are proud of.
Not a long chat, but saving a few minutes to engage with someone and be friendly. Even with a mask.