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 look for the good in everyone today.
I’m writing this based on a recent day. When I saw this tip, I picked a day where I’d encounter a lot of people and made an effort to pay attention and do this. My log:
At the gym, the FexEx driver was walking up. I held the door and go a thank you, but no smile and a little brusk. I assumed she was busy and stressed, as she jogged to a pile of packages, dropped hers, and then rushed out. Given the stress for many drivers, I assume she had other things on her mind, but appreciated the effort.
Receptionist was pleasant and greeted me, smiled, wished me a good workout.
A workman was using a dolly when I walked in from the pool. I hurried to hold a door for him. He said thank you, but didn’t really look back. I get it, he’s trying to get something done, and I’m sure he also appreciated the effort.
Stopped by the gas station, the cashier asked me about my volleyball shirt, did I play, what ages I coached, wished me well. A nice, short conversation that made me smile.
Oldest came home for dinner after a long day of work. Tired, a little stressed, but he thanked me for cooking, which isn’t necessary, but appreciated.