“My journey of blessings”

Originally appeared on spirituality.com

I’m a female Judo player and a wrestler from India. I enjoy both of these sports because they require an expression of strength.

But soon after joining these athletic teams, I was frustrated with the feeling that people were often indulging in sexism and favoritism, which was hurting women’s chances to succeed in sports. I used to feel very angry whenever I thought I saw partiality toward the men’s teams. Along with that, I was bothered by the fact that male athletes often seem to earn scholarships, while it’s not always so easy for women. I expressed these views bluntly to my coach and friends. As a result of my attitude, my team did not seem to like me.

Whenever I would think about this issue, my resentment at this injustice would flare up, and I would get upset. At that time, I was sharing a room with a girl in guest accommodations near my school. She was a computer professional, and I also knew she was a Christian Scientist. Wanting to help me, she told me that I didn’t have to have these bad feelings. Instead, she explained it was possible to know more about my relationship with God, and this knowledge would comfort and heal.

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