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Ten-Cent Miracle

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It was about 2 p.m., and I was sitting at my desk, where I work as a receptionist. The phone calls were coming in steadily, but between them, my mind would start to wander. I could hear the vending machine in the break room calling my name. It was over an hour until my next break, but the voice was getting louder and more distracting. I sat there trying to figure out how I could get someone to cover for me so I could “go to the restroom” or “get a cup of coffee.” I knew someone would come and help me out.

I was just about to call someone to relieve me, so I looked in my desk drawer for money. I only had 80 cents. This threw me into a panic because the vending machine goodie I was craving cost 90 cents! I started digging in the bottom of my purse and through all my desk drawers . . . nothing! At this point, I realized I could just borrow 10 cents from a coworker and all would be well. But then, it dawned on me that maybe if I took ten more calls, I’d have earned the treat, so borrowing the 10 cents would be okay. I took the ten calls, focusing on each one, and before I knew it, an hour had passed and I no longer heard the vending machine calling!

I shared this story in group last night, and one of the gals said, “That was your Higher Power at work!” It hadn’t occurred to me, but she was right. I always expect something big and grandiose when it comes to my HP, but I’m learning to appreciate the small stuff he does too. Thank you, HP! Thank you, OA! Thank you, group! And thank you, my friend!

— Cindy A., Superior, Wisconsin USA

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