Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Your Bright Future ; Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Your Bright Future ; Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life

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Watching my youngest son's high school graduation, I was feeling unsettled. I was happy for his achievement and the prospects of his going to a college just right for him. I knew I would be all right in my post-motherhood phase. But something was niggling at me.

A voice in my thought was asking: "Is your future as bright as your son's?" "Ouch.... No," I admitted. My future felt like resignation, like appreciating a good situation, but not really expecting anything but business as usual, with somewhat fewer trips to the grocery store.

I had some thinking to do. Life is not boring. In fact, Mary Baker Eddy wrote, "Love alone is Life," and love isn't boring. Love is precious, joyful, and full of adventure. To feel God's love moves us, sometimes slowly, sometimes fast; but there is no stagnation in Love. It involves engagement with life that brings new thoughts and perspectives and meaningful connections with others.

During the next three months, I listened carefully for ideas about my "commencement." When the idea came, it was spontaneous and clear: Sell my house in the suburbs and move downtown.

Within another four months, the house was sold and a new condo purchased. That sequence - the expectancy, the listening, the willingness to move as each idea surfaced - I don't want to forget. These are the qualities of thought that protect us from a jaded sense of life, the sense that would say the New Year isn't new but just the same old, same old.

How can we cultivate expectancy? How can we trust new ideas when they come along? All these things have to do with understanding the depth of God's love for His children.

The willingness to listen for new ideas is based on the fact that God communicates to us. God is the infinite Mind, the source of all true intelligence. To listen for new ideas is to exercise the privilege of seeing life from a wider viewpoint. Sometimes this results in the discovery of new talent, but it can also come in new ways of approaching our work, cleaning the house, or inviting a friend to do something.

The expectancy that new ideas will come to fruition comes from the knowledge that what God communicates to us is intended to bless us. …

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