Overcoming False Competition

A Certain businessman had, at one time, a troubled sense about competition. His experience was that he would solicit work only to have it given to another, and he often felt that he had been outwitted or badly handled in the deal.

One day while he was working to overcome the feeling of resentment when business passed to someone else, he came upon this sentence in "Miscellaneous Writings" by Mary Baker Eddy (p. 127): "If this heart, humble and trustful, faithfully asks divine Love to feed it with the bread of heaven, health, holiness, it will be conformed to a fitness to receive the answer to its desire; then will flow into it the 'river of His pleasure,' the tributary of divine Love, and great growth in Christian Science will follow,—even that joy which finds one's own in another's good."

The idea of finding "one's own in another's good" led the man to begin expressing gratitude when a contract was given: gratitude that the other person had secured work, gratitude that a need had been supplied. This procedure soon lifted him out of much of his former disturbed sense and depression, but it did not solve his problem from what might be called a practical standpoint. The business that he thought should be his still went to another.

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