Promptness or Apathy
by Herbert Eustace
Promptness in handling a claim for what it really is, hypnotic suggestion, is nine-tenths of the victory. If you do not cultivate promptness in all your actions, you may find you are not apt to be alert in turning unreservedly to Mind when handling evil. Watch and you will find that little characteristics, little traits, are always presenting to you through arguments, some good reason or excuse for not doing what should be promptly done. “The nature of the individual, more stubborn than the circumstance, will always be found arguing for itself, its habits, tastes, and indulgences.” (Mis. 119:11) Do not forget that lack of promptness in one way always encourages lack of promptness in another and this often results in lack of promptness in handling any claim that may seem to arise and so getting rid of it. “The little foxes spoil the vines.”
That same apathy will extend in other directions if not destroyed and will express the mesmeric nature of its purpose until it finally paralyzes all action. Be prompt.
“In the figurative transmission from the divine thought to the human, diligence, promptness, and perseverance are likened to ‘the cattle upon a thousand hills.’ They carry the baggage of stern resolve, and keep pace with highest purpose.” (Science and Health 514:14)