Entretanto, se para muitas pessoas o inverno está associado à realização de certas atividades prazerosas, há uma categoria de “pensamentos invernais” que certamente não agrada: as assim chamadas “doenças de inverno”
(Taking the scarves out of the closet, testing a new soup recipe and drinking a nice hot chocolate are some of the many amusements of those who enjoy winter. However, whereas many people associate winter with certain pleasurable activities, there is a category of “wintry thoughts”, which certainly nobody likes: the so-called “winter diseases.”)
Rolling her eyes, my neighbor described a health breakthrough she’d read about. She was mirroring the same attitude of hope with reservations that many have when they hear those ads promoting the latest treatment for diseases.
Of course the draw to breakthroughs is great. Everyone wants to be well.
During a recent TV interview I was asked, “How do you pray?” “Desire is prayer," I found myself quoting from the book that has largely informed my spiritual discipline as a Christian Scientist, " . . . and no loss can occur from trusting God with our desires, that they may be moulded and exalted before they take form in words and in deeds” (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 1).
If, as they say, cleanliness (and clutter-free living) is next to godliness, then my future is bright.
It’s always been appealing to me to pare down unimportant things and filter out the excess information that quickly adds up to an overloaded life. Streamlining whenever possible comes natural and feels right
“Oh, my aching body” was the prevailing theme at the table of a recent event I attended. The chatter included details of operations, diseases, and drugs; and almost everyone professed to have a bionic body due to knee or hip replacement surgeries. Along with discussing the ins and outs of the ailments themselves, my friends referenced various sources – physicians, medical journals, online medical information sites – as authorities they turn to for help.
Depending on your devotion to the Divine, it’s likely that by simply reading the headline of this column you’ve already decided on an answer. It’s also likely that regardless of any arguments that might be presented, your opinion won’t change. Perhaps the larger issue, then, isn’t whether you answer in the affirmative or negative, but whether you feel it’s a question worth asking.