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In David Brooks’ article yesterday in The NY Times he speaks of the concept of emergence. He states that: “Emergent systems are ones in which many different elements interact. The pattern of interaction is greater than the sum of the parts, which then exercises a top-down influence on the constituent elements.” This concept enticed me because when someone comes out of a vegetative state we say that they emerged. It is not a fast process but occurs slowly and usually inconsistently. After health-care institutions failed to arouse Michelle we brought her home and flooded her with therapy. Then she began to make progress. Rather than pills we did it with therapy. Could this be that the therapies caused a pattern of interaction in her brain? Just wondering. Why do we always look for the silver bullet rather than a coordination of elements?

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Michelle on her bike with her PT Doug

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It used to be so simple to see which were the best selling books on the NY Times Best Seller List. There were fiction and nonfiction. Then the Editor’s Choice was added. In today’s NY Times there are six pages of best sellers broken down into different categories. When I look at what is selling in spirituality the big books are Heaven Is For Real, 90 Minutes In Heaven, and The Boy Who Came Back From Heaven. Has it gotten so bad in this world that all we can write about is heaven? Where do we find God in this world?

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In my book Over the Waterfall I state that theology teaches that there is a depth and richness to time. Can we appreciate that depth when things are happening so quickly? Have we forgotten how to sit and contemplate or even imagine? On page 69 of the book I write, “When we are unable to wait, we are unable to hope.”

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An article in USA Today on March 2nd stated that at least two-thirds of the brain-injured patients discharged from rehabilitation hospitals after a few days get no further rehabilitation. Some don’t even get those few days. Everyone should check their insurance policies and see how much rehabilitation their policy allows. You’ll be surprised.

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Jean Vanier, the founder of L’Arch, an international network of communities for people with developmental disabilities, states in his book Becoming Human: “Strangely enough, this process of becoming human occurred most profoundly for me when I started living with men and women with intellectual disabilities, people who are not very capable on the intellectual or practical level but who are very gifted in relationships. They are people of the heart, people of trust. With them I began to discover that human maturity comes as we begin to bring our heads and our hearts together.”

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Check out this article about nurses: http://virtualmentor.ama-assn.org/2010/01/oped1-1001.html

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