Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

On Bowling - and Finding a Way of Life ; Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

On Bowling - and Finding a Way of Life ; Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life

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My family and I went bowling the other day. We ordered soft drinks, changed our shoes - and ready, set, go! We decided to form two groups, competing with each other. The group that didn't look good at all was my group - and it was because of me. I tried my best, but my ball never had the right spin, left the bowling alley too early, hit two pins at the most.

But there was a turning point. I remember finding right in the bowling center the time to pray and to listen quietly. I wasn't ashamed anymore. I also didn't want to beat the other group; I simply wanted to be - to be what I am. I wanted to discover new possibilities and a promise. I wanted to discover the quietness of Spirit and the power of divine Life, present where I was - at a pace I could deal with.

This simple listening to another reality, unseen but not unfelt, made all the difference. I suddenly was just me; anxiety and ambition were gone. I took the ball, made a good approach, and hit all 10. Effortlessly. I left the center with a precious feeling for enlarged possibilities: I had touched something of the real me by entrusting myself to the rhythm of Spirit - an inner rhythm. It was not at all about winning; this experience told me something about life and finding a way to its secret. It reminded me of an experience I had some years ago.

I had been at a crucial crossroads in my career, and I suddenly became severely ill. Among several physical problems was a bladder infection, which forced me to stay in bed for weeks. A dear friend reminded me of this aphorism in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy: "One cannot scatter his fire, and at the same time hit the mark" (pg. 457).

I had been scattering my fire by taking on assignments and jobs that weren't really mine - or meant to be mine. I had lost for a time a feeling for a true purpose in life. …

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