The devotion of thought to an honest achievement makes...

"The devotion of thought to an honest achievement makes the achievement possible. Exceptions only confirm this rule, proving that failure is occasioned by a too feeble faith" (Science and Health by Mrs. Eddy, p. 199). The truth of the Science on which this statement is based—Christian Science—was proved in a very important aspect of my life, my career as a teacher.

From early childhood—in fact, from kindergarten days—I had nurtured the idea of becoming a teacher. This desire continued to grow throughout my elementary and high-school years, even as I realized that economic conditions and family circumstances did not indicate further schooling for my brothers and me. Shortly before I graduated from high school, my teachers urged my mother to send me to a teachers college, but my mother confirmed what I had long suspected, that conditions at home would prevent my taking this step.

In those days college training was not considered preferable as it is today, especially where young women were concerned. Also, part-time work and part-time college attendance were not as readily available as they are now. And so I worked full time, and I was considered fortunate to have a job during those years of economic depression. Still, the thought of teaching as a career never left me. I took college courses at night in order to grow intellectually, although the courses weren't geared for teacher training.

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April 16, 1984

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