Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

A View of Healing Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

A View of Healing Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life

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The first flight I made on a commercial aircraft gave me a different view - and viewpoint.

I was working at the time as an engineer in a factory. The flight was prompted by a problem there. The airport was close by, and as the plane rose into the air, I found myself looking down at that factory as a whole. I could pick out the various departments. Trucks were moving in and out. It was an interesting view.

The plane meanwhile was rising higher. I contemplated the widening view. I could still see the factory. But it was shrinking! It looked so much smaller. And the problem at the factory also seemed smaller to me. The thought of a big factory with a big problem, which had been dominating my outlook, took on a more manageable dimension. By the day's end things were resolved. And as I flew home, I considered the events of the day. It seemed a different viewpoint had produced an improved situation. With a changed perspective I'd been able to resolve an industrial problem. When I thought about the world's problems, they, too, seemed pretty big, affecting millions. Then I recalled something in a book I'd been reading: "We should remember that the world is wide; that there are a thousand million different human wills, opinions, ambitions, tastes, and loves; that each person has a different history, constitution, culture, character, from all the rest; that human life is the work, the play, the ceaseless action and reaction upon each other of these different atoms. Then, we should go forth into life with the smallest expectations, but with the largest patience; with a keen relish for and appreciation of everything beautiful, great, and good, but with a temper so genial that the friction of the world shall not wear upon our sensibilities ...." This is from an article included in Mary Baker Eddy's book "Miscellaneous Writings" (Pg. 224). The population of the world today is about six thousand million. Six thousand million people with six thousand million different personal opinions can seem a pretty big "community" problem. But not for the individual, at any given moment, if he or she seeks to cultivate patience, good temper, and an appreciation of good. …

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