Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Happiness Is More Than a Job ; Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Happiness Is More Than a Job ; Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life

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"And what are you doing now?" friends were always asking me when I was trying to find my niche in the job market. I had been through more jobs than I cared to admit. I was looking for the perfect job.

Finally the job market dried up, and the only work I could find was just about the last thing I wanted to do. I was on my own typing aviation reports (which I didn't understand) from morning until evening in a drab, outdated office.

The only redeeming feature was that I had a kind boss who needed my help. After many months, I felt despondent and didn't think I could carry on in that situation any longer.

I'd just started studying Christian Science and reached out to God for a message. The answer I got was most unexpected. "You've got to love everything in this office - everything you do and everything you look at." I was surprised, but felt I must follow those instructions.

So the idea came that I should clean the desk both inside and out, clean out the storage cupboard, and bring in fresh flowers. I also rehung the aviation charts on the wall, and even they looked better. I began to feel a sense of lightness, even happiness and contentment.

Soon after, my boss came in one morning and said, "I've decided to renovate your office and shall be buying you a new desk and new equipment." He added that he was going to give me time off several times a week so that I could rehearse for an activity I was involved in. Very soon after this I was able to move on from that job, and my boss found someone else to look after the office.

That experience was a turning point in my life. After that, I never minded what work I did. I had seen that expressing care, interest, order, and even creativity - had become my job. The activity of the job, typing aviation reports, was not the whole of it.

In thinking about that experience later, I saw the value of seeing ourselves as a "radiator" rather than a "receptacle." In "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" Mary Baker Eddy wrote: "God expresses in man the infinite idea forever developing itself, broadening and rising higher and higher from a boundless basis" (page 258). …

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