We can get caught up in the bad of the world. Such a focus can influence our moods and outlook. We can become angry, down, anxious, and harbor a disgusted cynicism as a general rule. Our prayer, indeed our entire spiritual life can be tainted with these emotions and personal “take” on life. Perhaps that’s why St. Paul repeatedly encouraged Christians to notice the good, honorable, and excellent in life. Doing so brings God to life in us, and the world.
I have been spending less time on social networks over the past few days. Instead I have been reading in my spare time. The week’s content has included an article about predicting with 70% accuracy who is likely to suffer post-traumatic stress disorder based on neurology and how then to buffer against it. I’ve also read about the physical/psychological effects of forgiveness, and how failure may not be the foundation of future success but can become the beginning of wisdom. All these were inspiring, enlightening, and in two cases dumbfounding. A man whose only son was randomly shot and killed founds a non-profit to end gang violence. A woman who becomes paralyzed at 23 yrs. becomes a spokesperson for an amazing technology that allows a paralyzed person to walk. That is the article I want to share because approximately six million people suffer from some form of paralysis caused by accidents, disease, strokes, and old age.
The development of the exoskeleton for humans has been in the works for about twenty years. As with many medical innovations it originally was researched for applications in the military. Now the technology is being commercialized.
I discovered these developments while reading the July/August 2015 issue of Scientific American Mind yesterday. Amanda Boxtel, a paraplegic, has an article in there that describes her twenty-three year journey from initial skiing accident to present. In essence, the woman is a case study in resilience and determination. When I went online and researched the technology I was amazed. Paralytics were walking again some crying with joy. It made me think of how paralytics must have reacted when Jesus healed them. Someday many will walk again. Aware or not, via science people are bringing the healing Christ to the world.
Here is the link to Amanda Boxtel’s foundation. I added more links to learn more about the technology. There is good in the world. Rejoice. Be glad. Be grateful and not cynical.