Replacing physical with spiritual attraction

During my freshman year at college I met a young man who was very handsome, and I felt instantly attracted to him. I willingly let a physical assessment of this individual govern my feelings. Whenever I saw him thereafter, I'd become so anxious and flustered that I'd lose my usual calmness and poise, and if time went by without our paths crossing I'd be very disappointed.

My emotions became a regular roller coaster, up one day and down the next. Mrs. Eddy cautions (Retrospection and Introspection, p. 79): "If beset with misguided emotions, we shall be stranded on the quicksands of worldly commotion, and practically come short of the wisdom requisite for teaching and demonstrating the victory over self and sin."

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March 23, 1981

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