Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Not Just the Greats Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Not Just the Greats Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life

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Most everything takes practice, whether it's learning to drive well, play a sport, or make good presentations.

If you like what you're doing, practicing is fun. But, if you don't, practicing can sure seem hard and boring.

When I was a kid, there was one thing I didn't mind practicing. It was the piano. I'd practice for hours and hours, day after day. Some of my friends practiced a lot, too. And when all of us got together, sometimes we were competitive. Who could learn a piece the fastest? Who could play it the best? Who could win a competition? There was a saying that went around: "Those who can perform, perform. Those who can't, teach." We felt we had to be performers. My piano teacher always stressed to me one point: the persistence and discipline I expressed through practicing piano would help me in anything I chose to do. She said that someday I would see how practicing meant expressing all the different qualities you need to become accomplished, such as patience, attention to detail, creativity, diligence, and many more. At the time, that didn't mean too much. I wanted to be the best, not just express some far-off quality like persistence or discipline. To some of us, my teacher's words were words of failure, because they basically said, "It doesn't matter if you perform." But I'm finally beginning to understand what she meant. Recently, I read an article in this newspaper that observed, "As a society, we tend to believe the only ones worthy of practicing art are the greats" (Jan. 7, "Theatergoers Relate to Tales of Piano Lessons"). The article made a similar point relative to what my teacher was getting at - that it's not just the great performers who are worthy of practicing and learning. That all of us are worthy, no matter how amateur or accomplished we are. Why? One explanation is found in the teachings of Christian Science, which show that each one of us is God's child and already reflects Him perfectly, as His spiritual image and likeness. Each is capable of expressing God's good qualities in his or her own special way, as parents, employees, neighbors, etc. You and I, as children of God, have all the qualities needed to do what we do, and do it well. …

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