SIMPLE MEDICINE: GET BUSY!
DO NOT ALLOW IDLENESS TO DECEIVE YOU;
for while you give him today, he steals tomorrow from you.
IF YOUR enemy has injured you, or your friend deceived
you; if your brightest hopes have been clouded, or your
reputation blackened, pray for your enemies, and then up
and be doing. Better gather field flowers, plait rushes, weed
the garden, or black your own shoes, than be idle. Occupa-
tion will raise your spirit, while idleness will bring it down
to the dust. Occupation will often blunt the edge of the
sharpest grief, keep the body in health, and preserve the
mind in comparative peace. He that is in trouble should do
something to get rid of it. Something must be done, and
done by yourself too, when you are in trouble, or otherwise
it will stick as close to you as the skin that covers you.
The moment you feel yourself getting moody and miser-
able, seek Divine support by prayer, and then set yourself a
task immediately, something that will compel you to exert
yourself, and you will be surprised at the relief it will afford
you. And especially employ yourself in doing good, and
mitigating the sorrows of others: while taking a thorn from
the bosom of another, you will lose that which rankles in
your own. Occupation cures one half of life’s troubles, and
tends to mitigate the remainder.
Never give up! If adversity presses,
Providence wisely has mingled the cup,
And the best counsel, in all your distresses,
Is the stout watchword of “Never give up.”
—MARTIN F. TUPPER
Church of the Science of God
La Jolla, California 92038-3131
© Church of the Science of GOD, 1993