Defeat self-centered motives!

The Best Kind of Winning

Is it possible you are a winner, even though the score of the game is against you or your team? Yes, it is!

Most of us like to be winners. But the word "winner" can have a meaning different from the one we think about when we look at scores. Christian Science threw an altogether new light on this word for me as I pondered the purpose of my activity in the sports field and my level of performance.

For twenty-plus years as a tennis competitor on the state and national level, as an amateur and professional, I looked mostly for winning scores in the record book. High goals were set, but the motive was mainly self-glorification and status seeking. This level of approach included tremendous pressure, self-centeredness, pride, envy, and frustration. It often resulted in fear, rigid muscles, fatigue, and nervousness while playing. My desire to win became so acute that whenever I lost, the memory of the defeat seemed interminable.

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Reject the Mortal Measure
August 1, 1977

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