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 find a way to pay it forward.
Paying it forward is a way of doing something for others that you’d want someone to do for you. You are hoping to inspire someone else to do something for others, not for you.
I’ve had a few people do this for me, sometimes buying me something or doing some favor without this being a trade. Without me doing something for them. They were looking for me to continue things forward.
I’m in town regularly, but not often with crowds. I tend to go when there are less people around. Often I get coffee after yoga, but it can be late morning, so rarely is someone behind me in line.
The other day that wasn’t the case, so I just decided to pay for the person behind me. this was in the drive through, so I told the person taking payment to let them know I was paying it forward, and I hoped they’d do the same.
No idea if it worked, but it was a small thing. About US$12 to cover their order.