I don’t love crowds.


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I’m not claustrophobic or anything, I’m just not crowd-crazy.

I don’t thrive in densely populated environments.

I’d much rather have a quiet, intimate gathering of close friends than a rock concert in a packed stadium.

But whether I’m in the grocery store or the library, church or a sporting event, my life is going to collide with the lives of other people.




The question is how gracefully we’ll respond to these collisions.

Most are pleasant interactions — thankfully. Some may seem mundane. Paying for my groceries, signing a form at the library.

Others might be less pleasant — a disagreement, or a conflict of interests.

I’ve learned from past experience that it’s better to prepare for crises before they hit, not in the midst of them.




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