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Thought right: activity right

In any activity, we can do and give our best if we first purify our consciousness, getting rid of selfish bugaboos and keeping our thought Christly, well attuned to God's good qualities.

When I came home from a recent meeting, I berated myself for having been impatient and rather thoughtless of others in my comments. The only thing wrong with the meeting, I decided, was the part I had played. I thought back further. I hadn't wanted to go; in fact, I had resented the meeting coming at a time when I had many other things to do.

Here was the culprit: my feeling of resentment. Should I have been surprised that my part in the meeting didn't go well? One wrong attitude can easily ride in on another. I remember giving myself a pat on the back for attending—"I'm going; isn't that good of me!" But a more thorough spiritual preparation is needed.

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Release, not restriction
January 4, 1982

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