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Waiting in a line of traffic at the stoplight, the signal turned green. The driver ahead started backing toward me to parallel park.

Instead of a knee-jerk reaction, a variety of responses coursed through my thinking, feeling and doing. It was a little like taking a multiple choice quiz: a) Shift into reverse. b) Glare and curse. c) Shrug and judge. d) Laugh and shake my head.

Trying each option in turn, I consciously chose to experience humor over righteous indignation. 

While we don't always get to choose what we experience, we always have choices. Within every interaction, blessing and challenge is the choice to recognize there is more to life than is evident in this human realm. That awareness alone, can provide razor-sharp distinctions for prioritizing how, where and in whom to invest precious time and energy. 

"Have nothing to do with foolish, ignorant controversies; you know that they breed quarrels," Paul the apostle advises his dear friend Timothy.  "And the Lord's servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil, correcting his opponents with gentleness." 

May we choose our responses well. -- Rev. Kurt