by Florence Roberts
Mary Baker Eddy has given us guidance on how we should go forth into life. In Miscellaneous Writings, page 224, she writes that we should go forth, “with an equanimity so settled that no passing breath nor accidental disturbance shall agitate or ruffle it.” The Webster 1828 Dictionary says, “equanimity” is “evenness of mind; that calm temper or firmness of mind which is not easily elated or depressed, which sustains prosperity without excessive joy, and adversity without violent agitation of the passions or depression of spirits.”
The great man bears misfortunes with equanimity. It reminds me of the admonition to maintain our poise no matter what, because it proves our certainty and confidence of “God with us,” that His allness is here. In that calmness we can hear His voice and know that we are on the side of all power. Mr. Edward Kimball, one of the early workers, has recommended simpler treatments since the labored ones can make a reality of a lie. A writer refers to a statement that Mr. Kimball made in one of his lectures, which states that, “error says I am afraid of the destructive calm of one who knows that I am nothing.”
This is such an imperative point for all of us and I have learned to live this because error’s chief blow, as Mrs. Eddy says, or what kills it, is one’s realization of its nothingness and its powerlessness. I pray that we all, especially now, walk with such equanimity as to help ourselves and to bless those who may observe our example. I’m so grateful for all the teachings from Science and Health, which is shining a bright light on the Bible, and its guidance for all mankind.