One of my most cherished activities is competition dancing

One of my most cherished activities is competition dancing. Not only do I love the art of dancing, but I find great value in the discipline involved. Yet, beyond the human efforts entailed in achieving as perfect a dance as I can, there is the deep prayer needed to meet the myriad challenges of such an event. Last-minute illness and muscular injury have been overcome, along with problems of timing and coordination and, on one occasion, a paralyzing feeling of fear.

Some time ago at a competition, my dance instructor and I were to do a very strenuous, dramatic flamenco-style dance. It had high lifts and generally required sustained strength. I had asked a Christian Science practitioner to support me in knowing that I was not personally responsible for our success but was simply reflecting God-derived qualities.

August 27, 1979
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