Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Happiness That Lasts ; Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Happiness That Lasts ; Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to Daily Life

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When my husband and I divorced a number of years ago, I had hoped it would be an opportunity for me to start over, finally finding a relationship that would make me happy. I met and dated a lot of interesting men, but only realized happiness for short periods. There would always be some aspect of the situation that wasn't working for me.

I found myself going out with men who didn't want to be around children (I have three), or who used drugs or overindulged in alcohol, or who wanted me to lower my standards or change my lifestyle. I tried to accommodate all these things, but there was no lasting satisfaction.

During this period it occurred to me that I was looking for happiness in circumstances and situations, instead of in something more permanent, something more spiritual.

This growing desire for a spiritual answer compelled me to turn to the Bible and "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" as resources. The second book - Science and Health - was written by Mary Baker Eddy, a woman who overcame circumstances, some of which were similar to mine, through deep and persistent study of the Bible. I yearned to find a remedy, as she had.

Repeated consistently throughout these two books was the message that by trusting my life to God, I could find peace and happiness. This particular passage was most inspiring to me: "Soul has infinite resources with which to bless mankind, and happiness would be more readily attained and would be more secure in our keeping, if sought in Soul" (page 60). I knew that Soul was another name for God, revealing an aspect of His nature that was new to me. The author goes on, further explaining: "Higher enjoyments alone can satisfy the cravings of immortal man. We cannot circumscribe happiness within the limits of personal sense."

It occurred to me that Soul must be the opposite of a personal sense of things. This revelation awakened me to realize that my happiness wasn't based on whom I was with or what kind of person he might be. …

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