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SOUL ISSUES:  Which Lane to Drive Through 

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By Reverend Liz Petipren 


As I once was leaving the airport and driving toward the toll booth to exit, I noticed that I could choose between two lanes. One an automatic-payment lane and one manned by an attendant. I took the one manned by a person. Why? Because I believe that any opportunity to make contact with another human being is a blessing. 

It seems that the more we fill our hunger for gadgets and labor and time saving devices, the deeper our hunger for human connection grows. We are well fed materially but undernourished spiritually. Many people are depressed because they miss their sense of person-to-person contact and do not know how to find it. 

Anything you can do to personalize your life and work will yield rewards to you and those you touch. When I recently phoned a computer company to order a part, I was placed on hold. Meanwhile a message announced: “Please take a deep breath and relax. We’ll be with you as soon as possible.” 

The suggestion to take a deep breath came as a pleasant surprise to me, and I followed the advice. I recognized that whoever ran that company valued humanity, and wanted to pass ease along to their customers. This inspired me to make my purchase from this company and remember it the next time I needed a part. 

Every day offers a series of choices. The next time you must decide between a machine and a person, please remember how important it is to you and another person to connect on a soul level. 

“When you have once seen the glow of happiness on the face of a beloved person, you know that as a person you can have no other vocation than to awaken that light on the faces surrounding you.” Author unknown. 

Affirmation: “I seek connection, give it, receive it, and celebrate it.” 

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