The human mind is an amazing thing. There are studies of the mind, jokes about our mind, and even figures of speech, like, “I have half a mind to do this”; “A piece of my mind”; “If I put my mind to it”; “Do you mind?” OK, maybe not that last one. Many times we compare the mind to computers. But in the long run computers don’t really stand a chance against the human brain. Oh yes, computer technology can do many wonderful things and do them fast, but without the original programming from a person, a computer is just a box that sits there makes noise. Somewhere a human brain thought out “something” that was put into a program and that is what makes the computer work. We also have the capacity for emotions and other thoughts.
With the 12th anniversary of 9-11 six days away, I wanted to tell you about my three trips to NYC to visit the site and pay tribute to the nearly 3,000 innocent people brutally murdered that day by Al-Qaeda. I will not re-live the day’s events, because everyone has seen the horrible images and heard the details of these cowardly acts. This is simply a story of my experiences and observations in Manhattan after the attacks.
A few years ago, someone gave me a cute little book entitled: “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff.” The subtitle was: “And It is All Small Stuff.”
Admittedly, much of the “small stuff” that grabs our attention and saps our strength would be better ignored, but if you disregard enough of the small stuff in your life, you will wind up in big trouble. To treat everything and everybody in your life as insignificant will ultimately cause you to become insignificant in the lives of others.
LOOKING UP • JOE BAISDEN
When called upon to conduct a funeral for someone I have never known, it is my custom to interview the family in search of information that will make the service meaningful. One question I usually ask a family is what was the most important thing in their loved one’s life. Several years ago, when asking a man’s widow that question, without hesitation, she convincingly replied, “Me!”