A Satisfactory Vacation

To do nothing is not a real vacation. All too often people are tempted to think that if they could be inactive for a season they would be happy. Indolence, however, is never satisfactory. Since laziness is not rest, it is bound to prove irksome. Even the seeking of some secluded spot may not result in the finding of genuine peace and freedom. Mere human solitude is, at the best, but counterfeit of that being alone with God which the real man always experiences. If mortal diversions tend to divert attention from true spiritual Life and its activity, they are not worth while. The constant change sought by worldly restlessness is a poor makeshift. As Mrs. Eddy says in Article XVII, Section 1, of the Manual, "Amusement or idleness is weariness. Truth and Love rest the weary and heavy laden."

By understanding the complete presence of the divine Mind, however, one is able to rejoice in any circumstances. Righteous joy is simply the daily knowing of how Truth operates. Isaiah tells us, "The work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness quietness and assurance for ever." So, whether one be in the city or at the seashore, in the factory or among the mountains, one must first of all consider the glad wisdom that is sure. Right and orderly activity of Mind, quite apart from any belief in matter, alone can ever satisfy. The infinitely harmonious variety of the divine Life is the true vacation, simply because it demonstrates that the one Mind is full of good now even while the supposition of mortal mind, with all its seeming distresses and turmoils, is actually vacant. As the emptiness of the so-called mortal mind gives way to the entirety of divine intelligence manifest, it is proved that the true vacation is continuous. In spite of any seeming, the one infinite Mind produces and sustains true activity. This is the experience of good.

Among the Churches
June 19, 1920

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