Doing Our Part Right

[Written Especially for Young People]

About thirty boys in a class in an elementary school, each of whom had chosen for himself a brass or a woodwind instrument, were being taught to play. At the final lesson of the semester the class was turned over to a grade teacher who, in about a week's time, was expected to have this class of mere beginners ready to play at a large school gathering. After hearing the weird sounds and noises produced by the earnest yet inexperienced players, she thought the task seemed almost hopeless.

The teacher, however, was a student of Christian Science and turned to it for help. She realized that what the boys were trying to do was to bring out harmony in their playing. The spiritual idea of harmony was pondered by her until she saw that the one infinite, perfect Mind is always conscious of harmony, and that throughout His perfect universe only harmony could be expressed. Keeping this spiritual sense of harmony in thought, she arranged separate rehearsals for the players of the different instruments. Each boy was led to see that the only thing he had to do was to know his part and play it right. Then when all played together, their work would be in unison. The result was a creditable public performance.

June 15, 1935

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