Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Improving My Time ; Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Improving My Time ; Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life

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Growing up, I never felt that there was enough time for me to do everything I was interested in doing. I would pray, superficially, asking for more time in the day to accomplish what I had not gotten done.

My mother used to say that I should stop and smell the roses. From my vantage point, she was encouraging me to stop being active. I loved all my activities and couldn't wait until the morning to begin my day.

During graduate school, life took a different turn. Instead of longing for more time to do things, I was longing for more time to be still and quiet. I wanted to stop rushing around and focus on reflecting, studying the spiritual things of life. I guess I'd had enough rushing around.

Fortunately, I lived in an environment where the community cared more about who you were than what you accomplished during your day. When people met each other, they were more interested in how you approached your work than what you did during work. I found this refreshing. Those few years in this environment taught me that my mom's words had some merit; roses reflect the beauty of life, which is worth noticing.

A very insightful spiritual thinker, Mary Baker Eddy, wrote an article entitled "Improve Your Time" that helps keep time and activity in perspective. She wrote: "A great amount of time is consumed in talking nothing, doing nothing, and indecision as to what one should do. If one would be successful in the future, let him make the most of the present" ("Miscellaneous Writings 1883- 1896," pg. 230).

In the face of all the demands of raising a young family and nurturing a career, this statement reminds me not to get distracted from the present moment - to realize there is never more to do at one moment than another. The highest work is to express the glory of God. Our activities ought to be designed to be a blessing to us, and if they stop feeling like a blessing, we have a right to ask how our day can be realigned. …

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