Expect good!

Lately I’ve been pondering how what we think has a direct impact on our daily experiences. For example, where I live, as soon as the weather starts to cool down for the fall and winter, there’s a constant barrage of announcements from the media about various illnesses that people are expected to succumb to and the measures people can take to supposedly avoid those illnesses. There is a general expectancy that sickness and discomfort will happen.

A friend recently reminded me of something that Mary Baker Eddy wrote: “Watch diligently; never desert the post of spiritual observation and self-examination” (Miscellaneous Writings 1883–1896, p. 154). This says to me that I am in charge of my thinking, and so I don’t have to expect to contract seasonal illnesses because they do not originate with God. As Mrs. Eddy writes in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, “Hold thought steadfastly to the enduring, the good, and the true, and you will bring these into your experience proportionably to their occupancy of your thoughts” (p. 261).

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