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A lesson from a ‘cracked’ watch

From the April 2019 issue of The Christian Science Journal

“Oh no!” my husband suddenly exclaimed with dismay. “My watch has a crack right across the face!” We all looked, and there it was—a deep, dark crack spoiling the appearance of his lovely watch. “How could this have happened?” we all wondered.

We spent 24 hours believing my husband’s watch was damaged and trying to work out when he could get it repaired. Then in the evening he looked again at the watch, but this time more carefully, and said: “Do you know, I think this is only a mark!” A few rubs with a cloth, and the watch face was as good as new. 

There are other ways we can get fooled, on far more important matters. For example, aren’t we all tempted, when confronted with evidence of disease, accident, or any other discordant situation, to immediately try to explain or question why this should have come about and what the outcome will be? How often do we look at evidence of disease on the body or a situation in our lives and accept it as true, as something we have to change?

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