"Every Mind Is Its Own Universe"
by Carlos Canas
published August 2015
This is an old Spanish saying
that my mom often mentions. In
other words we all have our own
way of seeing the world around us.
We all experience life differently.
I was reminded of this while visiting
my son in Los Angeles recently.
While there, I had the opportunity
to watch people interacting and going
about their own business. As I
sat and observed thousands of people
walking around, sitting, eating,
relaxing and looking at their cell
phones I thought about how each
of us has our own worries.
One morning while on my way
to McDonalds to pick up breakfast
I passed a homeless woman sitting
on a curb. Her expression was one
of desperation and hopelessness. I
thought about the fact that at one
point in her life she'd probably had
a good life with a mom and dad.
She was a daughter, possibly a sister,
maybe a mother, but this morning
she had no one. I bought her
a breakfast burrito and the genuine
thankfulness on her face was more
rewarding than any thing else she
could have given back to me.
Earlier this month as I dropped
off last July's issue of The Valley
Spotlight at some doctor's offices,
I saw people sitting and waiting
for results, their normal everyday
lives interrupted by sickness. Back
at home, watching the news on
television, I heard about families
having to come to grips with the
fact that their loved ones will not
be returning home due to fatal accidents.
I recently visited a friend who
at age 56 suffered a stroke leaving
him bedridden and unable to speak.
We all live in our own universe affected by circumstances most often
beyond our control, yet we are
all interconnected somehow.
I guess what I'd like to say is
that we need to pray for each other
even for those we may not really
like. Everyone while here on Earth
suffers in their own way. Maybe if
we could understand that this is not
our final home we could bear the
pain more easily. And yet so many,
many people today have NO belief
in God and an eternal after life.
How I wish I could help those
who are the most hopeless see that
there is One who loves them unconditionally.
Unfortunately today's Christians
are often looked upon as backwards,
ignorant fools. How did
we turn our backs on God and our
faith? The break up of the family
and the normalization of fatherless
families is, I believe, one of the major
reasons some people have lost
sight of Faith. How can children
believe in a Heavenly Father when
they have never known the love of
an earthly father?
It is my hope that men who father
children will be man enough
to provide for their children and
to stay in their children's lives to
show that they love their children
regardless of how their marriage
I pray for all those who have no
one to pray for them, the forgotten,
I pray for those who suffer in
silence, those who suffer from depression
I pray for those finding out today
that they have an incurable disease.
I pray for those who are treated
badly by bosses who seem to have
no compassion or understanding.
I pray for those who have yet to
realize that they need God.
Today I ask you to pray for those
you know who need prayer, your
family, friends and our country.