Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Keep Expecting Good

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Keep Expecting Good

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A Christian Science perspective.

The author and humorist Mark Twain offered up this wry definition when it comes to looking on the sunny side: "Optimist: Day-dreamer more elegantly spelled." 

Let's face it, optimism has always gotten a bum rap - and these days it's under extra fire. "Positive thinking" in the face of wars and global economic woes can seem like sticking one's head in the sand in the face of "reality."

But how can we support what many see as the worthy impulse toward optimism? A recent Monitor article addressing unemployment had this headline: "Advice from a job creator: Bring on the optimism, Obama" and speaks of the need to break the cycle of fear currently keeping businesses from hiring.

Optimism has its virtues, but the real need is to go beyond trying to solve our problems from the basis of a limited human perspective. When we can start from the premise that there is only one source for making intelligent decisions - one divine Mind - and recognize the spiritual basis for each individual's unity with God, we achieve lasting joy and satisfactory solutions.

The Christian Scientist understands that good derives from God, the divine Principle governing the universe - and man as God's idea, dwelling in an atmosphere of all good, in which "we live, and move, and have our being" (Acts 17:28). Mary Baker Eddy boldly conveys this in her statement, "Principle and its idea is one...." ("Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," p. 465). This understanding of "Principle" and "idea" as one, acknowledges God's loving, ongoing activity as our activity, our very thought.

Acknowledging Principle and its idea, man, as the only activity in the universe precludes uncertainty. It is far from looking at the world through rose-colored glasses. It's a vision of the universe that isn't just our starting point, but our staying point. It's an understanding that infinite Mind includes wholeness, stability, and vital functioning - and therefore must be expressed. …

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