Getting away from it all—Thoughts on vacations

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“God rests in action. Imparting has not impoverished, can never impoverish, the divine Mind” (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 519).

How good it would be if that challenging statement by Mary Baker Eddy were prominently displayed on every vacationer’s suitcase or tog bag. It would especially be good at this time of year when people in the Northern Hemisphere in particular are desperate to stop imparting to others in the office or classroom, and start receiving the beneficence of some summer sun. Often with fierce determination (which belies the quest for peace) they set out for the nearest lake or beach to try to forget the precariousness that runs below their daily existence like an underground stream.

Sometimes it’s the financial meltdown that heightens the desperation. Or health issues, exam results, fear of crime or accident, a job search, or extended hours for less pay. People just want to slow down. Be freed from the tyranny of the urgent. Escape from dependence on humanly designed devices (even though there’s a portable TV, BlackBerry, or MP3 in that backpack).

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