Overcoming Monotony

One of mortal mind's suggestions which seems to cause discontent is that which would have one believe that if he were only in another line of work he would be happier. To some this comes in the form of a suggestion that the work at hand is monotonous; that the one carrying it on is capable of doing something which has more variety, more interest, or more responsibility attached to it. Have we not heard someone exclaim: "I can't stand the monotony of this work! If only it weren't the same day after day!" Does the person making such a remark stop to reflect that the monotony is not in the work, but in the thought of the person engaged in performing the task?

A dictionary gives one definition of "monotony" as "irksome sameness." But may not all work be seen as the expression of loving service? and how can anything pertaining to love be irksome? Another definition of this word is "want of variety." But since divine Mind is infinite, must Mind not express infinite variety? Mrs. Eddy says in our textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 265), that the "scientific sense of being ... confers upon man ... a wider sphere of thought and action;" and on page 325 she tells us that "the true idea of being ... results in infinite blessings to mortals." Therefore, as we gain the "scientific sense of being" and earnestly strive to reflect the one Mind in all we do, whether it be in the office, the home, or the factory, is it not natural that our work should take on a new outlook, either by our finding added interest and joy in what we are already doing, or by the opening up to us of some new and attractive field?

September 26, 1931

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