Problem Solving

[Written Especially for Young People]

To student ears, "learning by doing" is a familiar phrase. We accept the fact that to become a skilled mechanic, or an athlete, persistent practice is necessary. We agree that the solving of numerous problems is essential to the mastery of any branch of mathematics. Yet, strangely enough, we are apt to long for a daily experience which requires less overcoming.

Do we find it difficult to make or keep friends? Does an otherwise delightful social group make demands at which conscience rebels? Is a demonstration required along intellectual lines that we may continue successfully and joyously with the courses of study that we have selected? A young student of Christian Science faced with such difficulties found it helpful to view each of these as a valued opportunity to practice the application of problem-solving Principle. He saw that just as in solving mathematical exercises, so in successfully meeting the various problems of human experience increased understanding, skill, and confidence would result.

The Comforter
December 28, 1935

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