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"I CAN'T."

From the October 1884 issue of The Christian Science Journal

Distrust in our ability to surmount obstacles and overcome them prevents us from attaining the height of success, from being proficient at our trades, our professions, and even healing the sick, or reforming the sinner, and encouraging each other heavenward. How much time we waste in doubt and fears that were better used in trying our best to work out the problems before us, whether it be in our household duties, in the work-shop, or in our professions! The admission "I can't," persisted in, is but pronouncing the sentence upon ourselves that holds us from success. If we would succeed in anything worthy our effort, say, "I can," and adhere to the thought; saying, as Jacob of old, "I will not let thee go, except thou bless me,"—make everything we undertake and every experience tend toward the desired end, and success will be ours.

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