A few years ago I drove a couple of hours to visit friends in New York State. When I arrived, I decided to go for a short walk, since it was a beautiful summer afternoon. On my way back to the house on the remote country road a large dog leapt over a fence and bit me hard on my rear end. (I felt somewhat like a comic book character!)
The owners of the dog came out of their home quickly, and much to my surprise (and theirs), I found myself stating firmly: “I’m fine.” They were relieved not to press the issue, and I continued down the dirt road, a bit shaken.
The first thing that came to me was to prayerfully address my thoughts about the dog—a breed known for their erratic and sometimes aggressive behavior. As an animal lover, it was easy for me to let go of that concept of the dog, and instead accept this statement from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy: “All of God’s creatures, moving in the harmony of Science, are harmless, useful, indestructible” (p. 514).