TO EAT—OR NOT TO EAT

I remember a time in my mother's life when she was constantly trying new diets. She'd scan magazines for the latest one and rush to test its effectiveness. I well recall her "egg only" and "potato only" diets. Each time she tried a new one, she would say to me, "I wonder if this will do it?" But, each time, the anticipated results failed to appear. Then, she decided to eat less of everything. Period.

Finally she was down to one slice of bread and a little water each day. After a few weeks, she did begin to shed weight. She was thrilled. But a few more weeks of near starvation made her ask, "Am I going to have to keep this up for the rest of my life?" It was not an appealing prospect. At this point, she decided to try a completely different approach — a spiritual one.

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