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Does 'hitting the wall' have to be a way of life?

A Christian Science perspective on daily life

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I was shocked recently to hear my children lovingly tell me that they thought the phrase they heard the most from me wasn't "I love you," or even "Clean up your room," but "I hit the wall." I didn't realize how often I'd been completely worn out.

About the same time, I noticed a few articles in the media that indicated that burnout and exhaustion are becoming more and more commonplace complaints in the workplace and at home. More than ever before, people are on the go constantly, working under pressure, and living in a state of perpetual tiredness.

I was glad the kids woke me up to this. I had indeed been feeling too much fatigue.

I also knew where I wanted to go for treatment: to prayer.

For many years, I've relied on my understanding of God to give me an unshakable sense of wellness, and this has been accomplished through prayer. I wanted to feel the touch of Christ bringing me renewed energy and joy in living.

I often begin by turning to "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," the major work by Mary Baker Eddy, who founded this newspaper. So this time I found this statement: "The spiritual demand, quelling the material, supplies energy and endurance surpassing all other aids, and forestalls the penalty which our beliefs would attach to our best deeds" (p. 385).

I needed to change my focus from a "material demand" - the demands of the job, the demands of the home - to the "spiritual demand." I interpreted this to mean the demand for spiritual qualities to be expressed, qualities derived from God. These qualities include intelligence, since God is Mind, and energy, since God is Life itself.

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