I don’t love crowds.
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.