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. All my coping tips are under this tag.
Today’s tip is to if someone annoys you, be kind. Imagine how they are feeling.
I was in a meeting recently, and someone was a little annoying to me. In this case, it wasn’t what they did, but rather what they didn’t do, which was be prepared or communicate well. Time is valuable to me, I hate Zoom meetings more than I expected, and I sometimes find myself losing some patience when there aren’t productive presentations or discussions.
I did find patience, and I considered just how the person might have had a bad week. They might be struggling. In fact, in this case, I knew the person had some issues outside of work, so I accepted the less than efficient meeting. Asked questions, was pleasant, and voiced no complaints.
We go through, things worked out, and it wasn’t a big impact to my day. I didn’t let it, and more importantly, I didn’t ruin anyone else’s day.