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God is in the details

From the October 2006 issue of The Christian Science Journal

PEOPLE WANT TO DO MORE WITH THEIR LIVES. They want to experience more, give more, expand in all directions. And yet with jobs, kids, and household demands, most are already drowning in the many-faceted details of their daily lives. How can we do more until we get better control over all the minutiae that threaten to make stress outweigh fulfillment?

Doing less may not always be the answer. Sometimes what's most needed is a change of viewpoint. Not a gloss-over or mere surface calm, but an actual shift away from the limits of negative thinking to a more expansive spiritual basis. Learning this awhile back kept me from ultimately succumbing to frustration and stress when I added yet another commitment to my already full daily schedule.

As demands from all directions mushroomed, clamoring in unison for my attention, I found myself buried in exasperation as much as in the tasks themselves. How could I accomplish anything this way?

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