I Am Bow Eyes and Rudder Pivots

“The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.”
– Aristotle

So a couple summers ago I bought an outdoor patio set – four deck chairs and a glass-topped table. All of these pieces of furniture needed assembly to actually become chairs and a table. But how hard could it be to put these things together, right? I was not ascared. I got out my trusty screwdriver and set to work. When I was finished I am proud to say that I had four dandy deck chairs and a glass-topped table that actually looked like four dandy deck chairs and a glass-topped table.  You could actually sit in the chairs. The legs actually pointed down instead of up. You could actually put stuff on top of the table without it collapsing.

The fact that I had a couple screws left over when I was all done did not concern me at all. Or only a little. 🙂

I saved the left-over screws. By themselves, of course, those left-over screws aren’t worth much – but maybe someday I’ll need them in another project – maybe someday they’ll be a part of something really cool.

I am, metaphorically-speaking, assembled patio furniture. Or… maybe a sailboat. Yeah, sailboats are awesome. I am a jaunty little  PocketShip.  I’ve got bow eyes, and rudder eyes, rudder pivots, and rudder rod keepers, anchor chocks, and CB sheaves, sails and an anchor, and a bunch of other stuff. By itself a rudder pivot or a bow eye or an anchor chock doesn’t do much – but put all the PocketShip parts together and you’ve got a vessel you can use to take you on all kinds of wonderful adventures.

I am a Christian Scientist. I am also a mom, a wife, a daughter, a friend, a political progressive, an animal-lover, an outdoors aficionado, a photography buff, a wedding singer, and an author. Among other things. And all of those parts that make up the whole will sometimes find their way into my blog.

I’ve had Christian Scientists ask me why I post political posts on a blog titled “Adventures of the Madcap Christian Scientist” – and I think I can understand why other Christian Scientists might be concerned about this. There might, I suppose, be the concern that I’m trying to represent the beliefs and opinions of other Christian Scientists when I write my posts. But let me assure you, I’m not. I know there are other Christian Scientists who hold VASTLY different political views than myself. I like that about Christian Scientists. We’re not rigid monolithic automatons. The founder of Christian Science, Mary Baker Eddy, writes, “The time for thinkers has come.” And that’s what those who are living Christian Science try to do: Think. And not “think” in the way of the Borg of the Star Trek shows, but as individual expressions of Love, with their own individual conscience.

Christian Science informs the lives of all who try to live it. Christian Science has given me a way of looking at the world that’s influenced and informed my writing and photography, politics, and relationships with others. If all I posted on my blog were Bible quotes and Mary Baker Eddy quotes and discussions about religion I would not be sharing all that Christian Science has given me. And so I post my posts about animals, and adventures in the outdoors, and politics, and relationships with others on my blog. Because all of those parts are a part of my life as a Christian Scientist.

The loss of man’s identity through the understanding which Science confers is impossible; and the notion of such a possibility is more absurd than to conclude that individual musical tones are lost in the origin of harmony.

This scientific sense of being, forsaking matter for Spirit, by no means suggests man’s absorption into Deity and the loss of his identity, but confers upon man enlarged individuality, a wider sphere of thought and action, a more expansive love, a higher and more permanent peace.

A knowledge of the Science of being develops the latent abilities and possibilities of man. It extends the atmosphere of thought, giving mortals access to broader and higher realms. It raises the thinker into his native air of insight and perspicacity.
– Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures

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4 thoughts on “I Am Bow Eyes and Rudder Pivots

  1. As a student of Science I identify with what you have said today. It is refreshing to hear individual thoughts and opinions being a Christian Scientist. Maybe you are encouraging others to express themselves in his/her own way. Thanks you for your candor and your delightful blog.

  2. Hey Karen, I am sitting here catching up on your posts from last week and enjoying them as usual! It is a beautiful day, I love this time of year , it is warm but not humid and the leaves are turning a little yellow and I have the windows open with no air conditioning! It is fitting that you would have a political article for me today as I just returned home from volunteering for a Senate campaign. I don’t know if you are aware but we here in Alabama are having a special election in December to fill the vacant Senate Seat of Jeff Sessions . I am working for the Democract Doug Jones. His oponent is Roy Moore. I don’t know if you know much about Roy Moore the Republican , but for me he is just a bridge too far . He is a very polarizing figure here in the State and folks either love him or hate him. I am usually pretty quiet about politics. I am truly one of those mythical independent voters they always talk about. I like and dislike things from the right and left. For instance , as someone with deep long roots in the South, I can see how it IS possible to have reverence for Confederate Monuments and your ancestors who lived in those times without being a NAZI and I can also see how Same Sex Marriage and allowing Trans people to use the bathrooms of their choice will not end Western Civilization. ( as a weird sidenote on that, I found out through my genealogy study and my DNA ancestry that I am descended from the same Lee family of Stropshire England that produced Ronert E Lee! LOL) well anyway, I just wanted to tell you that you had a great week of posting and I enjoyed them greatly! I am about to read the Lesson from the CS Quarterly and then get ready for the Alabama Game! ….Ps: I know that you have a lot of Progressive readers so if any of them would like to contribute to the Doug Jones for Senate campaign, please do so. Fox News had a poll where he and Moore are tied which is very unusual for a Democrat in a Alabama Sentate race! Take care, Rick

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