Having been trapped last week inside the luxurious confines of Olathe Medical Center – from early Monday until 10:00pm Saturday – I had plenty of time to contemplate all manner of topics in the white noise of my head.
I was reminded of a Bible verse that declares a mountain can be moved with the faith of a mustard seed as I thought about my wife’s kidney stone.
Hard to believe the rigors we put our bodies through only to have a grain of misplaced sand bring everything to a screeching halt.
With that back drop, I began to think of what we as humans can and can’t do. And how we’re taught at an early age that we only use 10% of our brains – one percent maybe for Harley.
However that’s false – except for harley – because most of us use it all.
The 10% myth seems linked to American psychologist and author William James, who argued in “The Energies of Men” that “We are making use of only a small part of our possible mental and physical resources.”
Einstein voiced a similar theory – but he was clearly using all of his – he just didn’t know it.
I wrote last fall about the loss of my mother and the premonition she had hours before she was hit with multiple strokes. I’ve mentioned the loss of my father, who, in a moment of clarity, spoke the only caring words to me he ever had over the course of a lifetime minutes before his sudden death.
On both occasions I wondered, what do we know and why do we know it?
I’m reminded of an acquaintance in Springfield who proposed to his long time girlfriend. She reluctantly accepted, reminding him she’d said all along she knew she would not live a long life and had been afraid to marry. She was killed a few short years later in a violent car accident.
What do we seem to know and why do we seem to know it?
Now along comes a news story about Helen Felumlee of Nashport, Ohio, who died April 12 at age 92. She’d been married for 70 years to her husband Kenneth, 91, and the couple held hands at breakfast every morning through 70 years of marriage.
“The couple’s eight children say the two had been inseparable since meeting as teenagers, once sharing the bottom of a bunk bed on a ferry rather than sleeping a single night apart,” the Zanesville Times Recorder reports.
“We knew when one went, the other was going to go,” said daughter, Linda Cody.
According to Cody, 12 hours after Helen died, Kenneth looked at his children and said, “Mom’s dead.” He then quickly began to fade and was surrounded by 24 of his closest family members and friends when he passed away the next morning.
“He was ready,” Cody said. “He just didn’t want to leave her here by herself.”
The pair had known each other for years when they eloped on Feb. 20, 1944 to in Newport, KY, That was just two days shy of Kenneth’s 21st birthday and they did so because he was too young to marry in Ohio.
Although both experienced declining health, Cody said, they tried to stay strong for each other.
“That’s what kept them going,” she said.
Did Kenneth will himself to die? Do we have the power in our own brain to just turn off the switch when we’re done? If that’s the case, the converse must be true as well – we should be able to leave it on, to remain living.
What other sorts of things can we do that we have no idea we’re capable of?
If we set aside our negative thoughts, our needless doubts, and open our minds to the positive side reality, who knows what might the outcome be.
What could we then know and what could we then do?