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The Power of Treating Other People Like Human Beings

Find something positive to say to each person you have an interaction with. Sum it up into one sentence or less and move on. Get connected. Become human.

Cashier Diary #5

To the woman at the beginning of my shift. The woman who came to the counter shaking violently from the anxiety of flying. I should have grabbed your hand and said, “Feel my steadiness. Feel the calm that I have. The confidence that you will be OK.” But I didn’t. Because I was afraid. I was afraid she might cry out and say, “Why are you touching me?” 

I regretted this choice all day and thought about it for 8 and a half hours.

Maybe the lesson is to conquer your fears in order to unite with others. Or maybe, allow others to know your fears so they can help conquer them. 

Cashier Diary #2

I meet a lot of people each day. Around 250, on average, per day. They come from all over the world. Although I am aware that this is a limited sample, it does give me some insight into people as a whole. I have small interactions with around 50 of the 250 people I meet. 80% of them are friendly and engaging. 15% are indifferent. 5% are hostile.