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"How are you?"
"Oh, I'm tired because I've been pretty stressed at work and the baby is teething."
"Oh, you think you're tired? I'm so tired! I've been working 65 hour weeks to get a project done, and the kids are running me ragged with all their activities. I don't know when I last had a quiet evening at home. I bet you get a lot of those with the baby."
Turns out, it isn't that helpful to enter into a contest about who has the most stress or difficulty in their life. Sometimes others just need us to listen compassionately, not try to solve their problem, and not let them know that we have it even worse. I've been thinking about how we can create that kind of culture for each other as colleagues. I see and hear all sorts of lovely things happening between librarians, and observe people developing supportive networks and friendships. If there's anything I can do to help facilitate this, please let me know!