A Subway Train Lesson

It’s amazing how you can learn or be reminded of something in the most unexpected places.  I was waiting for the #2 train at the 72nd Street subway on Tuesday (12/12/06) when I got into a conversation with a woman because I had picked up some food that I had dropped and threw it in the garbage.
“Was that your trash?” she asked in astonishment.
“Yes.” I responded.
“Wow!  You’re like the only perosn left in the world who would pick that up.  It was so small you could have kicked it down onto the tracks.”
“Yeah, but I didn’t want to add to the trash that’s already down there.”
She looked at me with a hint of disbelief.
“You’re not from New York are you?”
“No. But I’ve been in New York since I was 5 years old.”
“Oh…” She replied.
“Are you a native from here?”  I asked.
“Yes.”
“Where are you from?”
“I’m… I live in the Bronx.”  She seemed a little uncomfortable.
“I live in the Bronx too… Why did you hesitate?”
“Because people tend to think because someone is from a certain place that they automatically act a certain way – and that’s not always the case.”
“Yeah.  You’re right about that.”
“Just look at the Williams Sisters who play tennis.  They’re from a rough part of California but look at them now.”
“Yeah.  It pays to work hard, pray and do the right thing.”
“Oh yes.  You’ve got to pray.” She replied.
“It doesn’t matter where you come from, who your parents are or how much money you have… you don’t have to let these things limit who you are becoming.”
She smiled and agreed and here, at this moment, we had shared in a lesson… being reminded that the small things matter – small changes and disciplines make a major difference and our end can be better than our beginning.

TRIAGNOSTIC: Part One

Triagnostic is a new term I created.  Keep reading and it will be explained.  Note: the content of the article is actually more important than the term.  so don’t get lost in the translation

What happens when your computer stops working properly?  You take it to be Serviced.  During the diagnotisc review (a determining or analysis of the cause or nature of a problem or situation), the tech person has to figure out whether the problem lies with the hardware or the software or both. 

The definition for Hardware is: “The mechanical, magnetic, electronic, and electrical devices comprising a computer system, as the CPU, disk drives, keyboard, or screen. 

The term Software is defined as: the programs used to direct the operation of a computer, as well as documentation giving instructions on how to use them. 

1.4 Million Get a Virtual Life: What do you think?

Before you can respond on this blog, you need to read the article on my site entitled, Faith and Culture: 1.4 Million Get a Virtual Life.  I read it orginally on Dick Staub’s website (who linked it from The Chicago Tribune) and added it to my site.

This article raises a bunch of issues and I’m eager to have discussion about it.  I’ll kick it off with these thoughts: 

Is this life imitating art or art imitating life or is it a cycle?  By creating the computer… this act(among others) ultimately led to the Wachowski Brothers creating The Matrix movie… which leads to the creation of this virtual site and others similar to it, which will lead to more advanced virtual sites?  Through all of our scientific and technological advancements – are we paving the way to give birth to The Matrix for real? 

Faith and Culture: 1.4 Million get a Virtual Life

Note: I first read this article on (12/8/06) the Faith and Culture section of Dick Staub‘s website.  It was linked from the Chicago Tribune.  

November 21, 2006
Source: chicagotribune.com

 
 
1.4 million get a virtual life
Site attracts `residents’ who meet, learn and even spend real money

By Robert K. Elder
Tribune staff reporter

November 13, 2006

SAN FRANCISCO — If the virtual world of Second Life has a Mt. Olympus, the place where gods flex their power and influence, it’s here at parent company Linden Lab.

Videos: Second Life tour | CEO Philip Rosedale | The servers

That makes Linden Lab Chief Executive Officer Philip Rosedale a Zeus-like figure. From an open, cubicle-free office near Telegraph Hill, Rosedale oversees 1.4 million “residents” of Second Life’s 3-D, online world of commerce, information and social networking.

And Second Life could be headed for Next Big Thing status.

Doing Away with the Jedi Code?

What do you think about the Jedi Code?  Should we do away with it?  I am a Star Wars fan.  I can remember standing in a long line with my dad that stretched around the corner when Return of the Jedi was first released.  And I often tend to make correlations between stories and real life… after all, as John Eldredge keenly points out, our life is in essence a story – in fact our stories are part of a much greater and larger story.  So take this multi-connected journey with me and let me know what you think. 

Lights! Camera! Risk!

Lights! Camera! Risk!  Are You a Risk-Taker?

A young man was a action movie fanatic.  If there is a movie with cars and buildings that explode, foot chases and fight scenes, this young man is guarunteed to see the movie on opening day.  In fact, his entire life had been re-organized around this phenomenon known as the action movie.  And since he was rather athletic, he would often try different stunts on his own.  The problem was, he never liked to watch the “behind the scenes” so in his mind, what he saw as a finished project on screen was reality.  If it looked like a guy took a right cross or a bullet and kept on coming – then it was true.  If the stunt man jumped off of a high building and lived to tell about it – then it was real.  So, one day he finds himself on the top of an abandoned building with his friends holding a mattress on the ground.  He was ready to go and after a three count he jumped.  Talk about taking risks!

Performance Anxiety: Part Four

Yoda, of the Star Wars saga tells Luke Skywalker to do what seems impossible.  Luke responds with a half-attempted response of “Alright, I’ll try.” Yoda immediately counters with, “No!  Try not.  Do.  Or, do not.  There is not try.” 

We often make half-attempts at life – with one foot in a decision and one foot out.  This is one of the major differences between trying and doing – commitment.  Commitment is closely related to our belief.  How much of what we do for others truly comes from our heart?  How much is forced and labored?

Yoda (a fictional character) is able to do what seemed physically impossible, not because of size or brute strength, but because of his strength of character and trust in the Force.  Jesus (a real person) is able to stare right into the heart of a storm on a raging see and say “Peace, be still” and the elemental laws of nature obeyed, not because of his physical strength, but because of his supernatural strength of character and his connection to the God of the universe – trusting in who he was – knowing what he was capable of doing.