[Of Special Interest to Young People]

Mary had looked forward eagerly to taking lessons in ballroom dancing. So when the class began, she was very enthusiastic. She enjoyed learning the dance steps and dancing with the different partners. If someone accidentally stepped on her foot, she laughed and remarked that they were all learning. She never lacked for partners, and the experience was a very happy one.

However, when the second term commenced, Mary began to complain after each class. She criticized the way some of the boys danced, complained because there were not enough partners, and finally declared she was so bored with it all that she wished to stop going. Mary's mother told her firmly that the course had been paid for and that she must finish what she had begun. Her mother also said that it was time Mary worked out the problem in Christian Science.

Mary had attended the Christian Science Sunday School, and she had worked out many problems in Christian Science. Now, in thinking about the problem, she realized that the cause of it must lie within herself. So she turned her attention to her own thoughts and began to examine them in the light of Christian Science. As she examined carefully the thoughts she had been entertaining, she felt more and more ashamed. But she knew she must be honest, and so she began to make a list of these thoughts: criticism of others, jealousy, ingratitude, pride, a sense of inferiority—these were a few, and they were not very pretty ones, either!

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December 29, 1956

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