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 something positive to say to everyone you speak to.
In general, I’m a fairly positive person and I think most others are as well. I smile at people, wave, greet them, and get positive responses overall.
I’m writing this a few days in advance, and while I didn’t see a lot, I did interact with a few people.
- I stopped for coffee in the morning and made it a point to greet the person, ask how they were, smile, and wish them well.
- I went to coach and greeted parents, thanking them for coming and supporting their kids. You’d think they’d all be there, but often I have only 1 of 2, or sometimes none there.
- I did have to be hard on kids, but I did make a point of cheering things they did well and telling them where I liked their action or effort before asking for changes.
- I made it a point to thank the staff at the venue, as well as ensure my team cleaned up their space.
- Stopping for dinner, positive comments before and after the meal to staff, thanking them for their work and wishing them happy holidays.
- Letting my son and wife know it was good to spend some time with them in the evening.
Often I find myself thanking others for things they would do, or are responsible for, regardless of what I do. I know I’ve worked in the service industry, and it is nice to have some recognize you, even when it’s your job.