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Of Good Report

The harmony of Christ—on the job

From the December 2019 issue of The Christian Science Journal

It was my first consulting job, and I’d worked very hard for six months. However, when it came time to present my findings, I was terrified. Much of my analysis identified areas of the business that needed to improve, and I had witnessed the boss’s angry reactions to information he didn’t want to hear. A negative review from him would derail my ability to continue in this line of work.

When I’d first arranged for this job, which was for a luxury train, it seemed like a dream come true. In exchange for a branding proposal, I was allowed to observe all aspects of the business and travel with my family free of charge. The opportunity felt like a beautiful answer from God, whom I know from my study of Christian Science to be wholly good, omnipotent, and universally loving. 

At first, the work was energizing; I threw myself into applying all I had just learned in business school to identify ways the company could operate better. After a few months, however, the shine wore off. Not only did I feel there were problems with the business, but the work atmosphere was almost tangibly filled with fear; employees were suspicious of one another and afraid of the boss.

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