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"Those who have the disease called Jesus will never be cured" ~Old Russian Proverb

Thursday, November 09, 2006

People-People, Machine-People & Landscape-People

My friend Richard often provides thought provocation for me. Whether its ‘original Richard’ or it comes from the well of all the reading he’s done and conversations he’s had over the years, stuff comes out of his mouth that causes me to think.

This morning it was the observation (his or borrowed, I don’t recall) that we live our lives interacting with others in basically one of three categories – as people-people, machine-people or landscape-people.

People-people are those folks that we interact with relationally. Machine-people are the people who we interact with only as they serve us – the gal who took your money at Dunkin Donuts this morning or the guy who serviced your furnace last week. Landscape people are the people who are all around you, that you don’t interact with – the lady standing behind you in line at Dunkin Donuts or the guy in the car next to you at the light.

This has been thought provoking to me. I’ve been thinking through my encounters with others. Who are my people-people? Who do I view as machine-people? Which of the machine-people should I really be working to engage as people-people? How can I make more out of my encounters with the machine-people in my life? Wow! There are landscape people all around me! In my life, have people moved back and forth between these different categories at different times?

Eh, just thought provoking stuff for me this morning. What do you think?

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  • that' a really neat way to look at it.

    so it's about the four week mark, and I'm still hanging in there ;-) I'm loving it actually. But tomorrow is a sunday, and of course thats always the hardest time of the week for me. All I can say is I can't wait to be home and to worship wit you guys.

    love you, miss you, praying for you!

    By Anonymous, at 11/11/2006 7:57 PM  

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