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.

April 16, 1984

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