The Friendly Qualities

[Written Especially for Young People]

Some time ago, a young girl went to a Christian Science practitioner. She felt lonely and left out of things. She had hardly a single close friend among the young people of her acquaintance. Quietly the practitioner listened, and then she quoted a statement from page 17 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy, which reads, "And Love is reflected in love."

The girl pondered the words a moment. That was just the difficulty, she explained. She had no opportunity to express friendliness. She never received an invitation to anything! Gently she was told that one need not wait for some big event to come along in order to express the sweetness of Love's idea. There were lots of little niches and crannies all around one that needed brightening. Homes had nooks of neglect and crevices of inharmony which provided a wonderful opportunity to express selflessness and gentleness. In school there was always the need for kind consideration of others, and also for the curbing of a tattling tongue and the forsaking of jealousy. Shopping, it was suggested, offered a splendid chance to put patience to work. There were so many places in need of friendly qualities, so many ways to utilize all the many and varied attributes of Love.

The Sands of Time
April 2, 1938

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