What do we need to figure out?

Originally published online on July 14, 2022

One of the most distinctive patterns of migration here in the United States is the giant V formation in which geese fly. If you’ve seen this, you’ve probably noticed that often one leg of the V is longer than the other. Do you know why that is?

Well, it’s because there are more geese in that leg.

Now, I apologize for breaching your trust with that terrible joke (whose serious answer likely has to do with aerodynamics). But you know, just because we’ve been presented with a question or a situation doesn’t mean we have to engage with it in the way it’s been presented to us. I’ve found this concept to be a really big help in my practice of Christian Science, and I like the fact that this joke is a gentle reminder of that for me. In other words, we don’t need to work out problems in the context or on the terms of those problems, which are based on false assumptions. Instead, we can rise above the false premise through a diviner perspective and engage with that true basis to eliminate the problem. 

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