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While in seminary, I worked at a local Christian radio station. Part of my duties was to take hourly meter readings from the transmitter and place them on a log sheet that was subject to FCC review. The building featured indoor/outdoor green carpet, and the day was cool and dry. Returning to the on-air console, I sat down to give the live weather report. To my right, the last record that had been played was on the turntable, and the arm was moving back and forth. Above the turntable was a the bottom of a circuit board with solder that had hardened into sharp points. I reached to lift the arm off the record, and the static electricity surged into my finger tip. In a knee-jerk reaction, I lifted my hand into the air. In doing so, I nearly ripped the skin off the back of my hand as I raked it across the solder. Remember that I was giving a live weather forecast at the time. I’m still not sure what I said, but friends told me that it was something like the prayer of a monk during a fervent Buddhist revival!

LESSON: Our reaction to a hurt may do more damage than the original offense!

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