How do you see the unicorn?

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Remember a few years ago when people got a kick out of those visual perception puzzles? There'd be a complex graphic that looked like a bunch of shapes and squiggles, except when you stared at it long enough (squinting your eyes and relaxing) another picture popped out. In the puzzles I encountered, it was invariably a unicorn.

At least that's what I heard—I never saw the unicorn. In my family, two of the kids saw it, two did not. Looks of pity from my siblings egged me on, but after 15 minutes, still nada. I have various personality difference theories as to why that is so, ranging from realist vs. idealist to impatient vs. patient. (Most likely it was because two of us were bluffing.)

Anyway, even though I never saw the picture-in-the-picture, I do believe in the idea that things are not what they appear to be. In my study of Christian Science, I've learned that my real identity is spiritual and reflects God—and this applies to everyone. This spiritual nature may not always be so visible to the human eye, but it’s there—and tangible qualities like honesty, integrity, compassion and joy make up my being, my identity.

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