"I was impatient to be somewhere else"

If happiness seems elusive or a distant dream, it may be that we need to discover more about the real nature of goodness.

Years ago I was unhappy with my job and my life. I was impatient to be somewhere else, anywhere else. Perhaps you have felt this way, too.

At first I thought about changing my job, but I had changed my job before without becoming happier. If happiness isn't to be found in a new job or any other situation, where else can we look?

In a letter Mrs. Eddy once wrote—and later published in her book Miscellaneous Writings—she said: "The pride of circumstance or power is the prince of this world that has nothing in Christ. All power and happiness are spiritual, and proceed from goodness." True happiness, then, comes from goodness. And the source of all genuine goodness is God, for God is good itself. Therefore we find happiness when we look to God for it rather than to material circumstances.

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The Christmas Story
December 23, 1991

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