A New Lease on Life

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Mr. and Mrs. Champion are a well-known dance team in America. They have enjoyed great success, but have also suffered some setbacks.

One trying experience concerned the prodiction of a movie. Everything went wrong and it was obvious that the film would be a failure. Mrs.Champion felt very depressed. She was also angry at various persons whom she thought were responsible for the failure of the movie.

A few days after the filming had been completed, Mrs. Champion found herself in the dressing room of the famed Cocanut Grove in Los Angeles. It was the first night of a week's engagement. She tried to warm up on the practice bars, but could hardly move her legs. She felt heavy all over-- no strength, no energy, no enthusiasm.

She stopped practicing, put her head in her hands and began to pray. When she came to the words, "Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us," she stopped at the word "forgive" and began thinking about it. One after another, people toward whom she had hard feelings came to mind. She decided to forgive them all. Mrs. Champion felt a strange sensation running through her being. The burden of resentment which had been weighing her down had been removed.

Her memory of that night is still vivid. "Out on the stage, when my husband threw me up into the air, my whole being soared," she says. "It was an amazing and wonderful night in every way. " It was a night when Mrs. Champion got a new lease on life.