The sound of one Mind—applauding you

It's so easy to become content with the way things are. We tend to define ourselves in ways that allow our lives to go on without much risk of change. Major personal growth often does not happen until some kind of challenge forces us to go deeper, to drastically change the way we view ourselves and the world we live in—maybe even how we view God and our relationship to Him.

That was certainly true for me about ten years ago. I was on the board of a local symphony in Hawaii that appeared to be on the edge of extinction. Not only was the symphony in debt, but an organization that was designed to present beautiful music was producing only discord in its internal operations. And the public was unhappy because an entire season had to be canceled—the musicians and management were unable to reach accord on a new labor agreement.

As a Christian Scientist, I was familiar with the concept that harmony exists right where we may be seeing nothing but discord, because God creates only what is like His own all-good nature. Yet in the case of our symphony orchestra, it wasn't always easy for me to see beyond the conflict and discomfort to that higher order and reality. It took a major change in my thinking, and my willingness to get involved.

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April 4, 2005

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