To Our Readers

MOST PEOPLE HOPE to live a long, full, and purposeful life. Yet how that is measured for each of us is entirely individual. One man, for example, well into his nineties, was still active and vigorous and making an important contribution through helping others. Once when someone came to visit him at his office, he met her on the ground floor of the building. They took the stairs up to his office, and he bounded ahead of his visitor. When they got to the top, the visitor—only half his age—was winded. She commented on his energy and wondered why she hadn't been able to keep up. He replied that she needn't worry. He said that he had sometimes felt just like she did—when he was her age!

Clearly, this man had learned something about the nature of true vitality: about overcoming limits; about finding purpose, meaning, and vigor in serving God and helping his fellow men and woman. He was a student of the Science of Christianity and a Christian healer. One might say that in his own experience he was also learning more about the nature of immortality—not so much in the number of years he was living on this planet but in the good he was accomplishing and through his steadfast devotion to God, the one infinite and divine Life, the creator and sustainer of each of us.

In this week's Cover Story, contributing editor Richard Bergenheim offers a fresh way of considering the whole subject. His article carries the intriguing title, "What's it to be? Fishing or walking?" Find out what all this has to do with immortality—your immortality.

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April 10, 2000

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