Good fences continue to make good neighbors, metaphorically and literally.
People who won't take 'no' for an answer often present the risk as you being seen as mean or selfish when you don't do what they want, when really, it's that if you don't say 'no' you have to put up with them in your personal space. Re-balance your risk assessments, friend!
When someone says "I don't have romantic feelings for you," take them at their word.
Sometimes when you stop trying to make yourself like someone, it's easier to keep the peace at parties.
Two spouses wrote to me and I don't want to post the letters full of painful details but I also could not leave it alone.
"I hated living with them so I moved the hell out. What is there to 'mediate?'"
"Don't touch me" isn't complicated. You know who makes it complicated? CREEPS, THAT'S WHO.
"You dumped me, remember? Kindly sigh into someone else's moving boxes."
Come for the poop jokes, or immediately hit the back button because of the poop jokes. Stay for the bad decisions and how to find the least worst path.
Sometimes Alison at Ask A Manager and I like to answer questions about workplace awkwardness together.