Always prepared for honest labor

Originally written in Portuguese, this first appeared in the July 2016 Portuguese, Spanish, French, and German editions of The Herald of Christian Science. 

In August 2011, I began attending a college in the United States and started playing on its soccer team. I hadn’t played or exercised at all in six years, and after about four days of training, I started to feel a sharp pain on the top parts of each of my feet.

We had two training sessions a day—one in the morning and one in the afternoon. One day, after I trained in the morning, the pain was so acute that I could barely walk. I got a bit discouraged and thought seriously about not playing soccer for the school and instead focusing only on studying. 

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