Conquering my fear of the bunny slopes

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Maybe you’ll think “soar” is the wrong word to describe skiing down the bunny slope for the first time, but it really expresses the freedom I felt after conquering and healing a fear of downhill skiing.

I had harbored this fear for a number of years. It began in 2001, when I joined 30 other Christian Scientists for a week of fun – enjoying all the winter activities Colorado has to offer – skiing, snowmobiling, soaking in hot springs, group board games, and our own church services. On that trip I really wanted to learn how to downhill ski. I’d never tried it before, and for as long as I could remember I’d been somewhat fearful about skiing.

On that trip I did take some downhill ski lessons. But after the first day of lessons, I was sunburned and sore. I was grateful when a friend read to me from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, a book that provides me with clarity about what I read in the Bible. How wonderful to acknowledge that “[man] is not made up of brain, blood, bones, and other material elements,” but rather that man is “the image and likeness of God.” Buoyed by this thought, I felt peaceful enough to sleep.

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