Peeling off wrong labels

In every phase of our lives we're surrounded by labels—on our clothing, on the food we buy, on most of the products we purchase. And, more important, there are mental labels that we attach to our own or another's identity.

The concept we have of ourselves has a direct and significant influence on our life. Mrs. Eddy writes, "As a man thinketh, so is he." Science and Health, p. 166; Because the view we have of ourselves is so important, we need to be aware of the labels we are accepting as part of our identity.

Many of us seem to be carrying around false tags that were placed on us in childhood by heredity, astrology, environment. How many of these are we consciously or unconsciously identifying with? How often are we accepting the thought, "Well, this is just the way I am"? Often this admission is accompanied by resignation—we've resigned ourselves to the belief that this is just the way we are and that we can't or won't change.

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Exchange pressure for buoyancy
October 30, 1978

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