Jumper cables

I think one of my ancestors must have been a Volkswagen Beetle, because getting started on cold mornings has never been one of my strengths. My engine sputtered more than usual on Friday, because I woke up remembering that we were running behind at the office and that I really needed to get out at a reasonable hour so I could get started on the enormous stack of projects I had to work on this weekend. I’m not sure what I dreaded more — the projects looming over me, or the prospect of getting a late start on them after a long and tiring day — but I started the day with a sense of foreboding that made it hard to get going.

I find that three quotes — two from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures and one from the Bible — work well as spiritual jumper cables on chilly, stressful, I’d-rather-stay-in-bed sort of mornings:

To those leaning on the sustaining infinite, to-day is big with blessings.
— Mary Baker Eddy

Divine Love always has met and always will meet every human need.
— Mary Baker Eddy

Be still, and know that I am God.
— Psalms 46:10

I thought about these ideas — especially the first one — as I reluctantly dragged myself out of bed. I’d remembered to put my clothes in the bathroom on Thursday night, so I didn’t have to dash around trying to find a clean pair of socks, which was a blessing in and of itself. (Thanks, FlyLady!)

When I got to the office, I found work piling up on me. I tried not to cringe and worked instead to quiet my thought (no small task in a busy, noisy office full of busy, noisy people!) and focus on that verse from Psalms. I find that if I can be still, even just for a few seconds, and remember that Love — not stress — is governing my day, then it’s easier to remember that my needs are being met and that I can’t possibly lack anything I need to get my work done.

I got sidetracked and interrupted umpteen times Friday, and I never once felt like I was hurrying … but somehow, my colleagues and I got caught up, and instead of having to stay late, we actually wound up finishing our work a little ahead of schedule, which meant I got home early enough Friday evening to cross a few items off my to-do list before my weekend really started.

I still have a lot to accomplish before Monday morning, but I’m feeling much better about it. My engine seems to have warmed up nicely, and I’m motoring along at a comfortable pace.

Amazing how much easier it is when we remember where our fuel supply comes from.


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4 Responses to Jumper cables

  1. frankwinters says:


    Thanks for the MBE quote — “leaning on the infinite” — I’ll remember that.

    Take Care,

  2. Spirituality.com put out a nice e-card a few years ago with that quote on it. You can view it here. (Turn down your speakers if the music is likely to bug anybody in the immediate vicinity.)

  3. Laura says:

    thank you for this wonderful post. did I tell you I finally saw Cars? thought of you the whole time!

  4. If you haven’t yet, take a look at my husband’s great guide to all the people and places that inspired the Pixar crew. Then maybe you will be so inspired that you just won’t be able to live another minute without a trip down Route 66, and I will get to see you when you stop in Red Fork on your way down the Mother Road. :)

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