Friday: 25th October, 2019

Luke 12:54 And he said also to the people, When ye see a cloud rise out of the west, straightway ye say, There cometh a shower; and so it is.

Questions that read: ‘in one sentence, describe… or what is… often has people fumbling around for answers because we hardly expect to answer them in a single sentence. I faced one of such a few days ago alongside some colleagues and this was the question: ‘in one statement, what does the brain do?’

While our different answers seemed only to capture aspects of brains functioning, the poser of the question talked us through his deduction and we agreed that the brain ‘is an organ of prediction’. Barring accidents, a normal functioning brain makes better predictions than one that isn’t: in homeostasis, movement or even cognition.

Although hard-wiring might seem an appropriate descriptor of this feature, another word that comes into play from today’s Gospel is ‘experience’. The people mentioned had become accurate predictors of the rain and heat because it was something they had done over long periods of time. As such, all they needed was a sign to say what was going to be.

We sometimes hear ‘repeat until you become or do until it becomes second nature’ and there is a reason for this. Whatever actions you consciously strive to repeat, become part of you: good or bad. So focus on building values, positive learning experiences and keep on doing good. Pick good tips from your experiences and let them guide your future decisions.


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