Daily Coping 31 Aug 2020

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.

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2 Responses to Daily Coping 31 Aug 2020

  1. Linda Cain says:

    I know this is a wonderful idea, as I have been doing this as well and the response is always a great encounter with the other person.
    I have always tried to share a smile with people at a minimum, but with a face mask it isn’t possible, so now I just speak a word or two.
    It is so important to engage with other people if even in passing them as you leave the grocery store or restaurant. Let people know you see them. In this time of isolation it can bring them a moment of peace to know they are seen by someone.
    I can hear my Grandmothers voice in head telling me to, Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. A little kindness can go a long way to someone who needs it.


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