Tag: Scott Foe

Today’s homily

I’m at the Ohio Game Developers Expo in Columbus, Ohio this weekend.

After Scott Foe’s talk on “Big Problems” I really had to pee. I could have talked to him after I left the auditorium, but I REALLY had to pee.

So did a lot of people. There was a line of people waiting to pee. While standing there, I noticed a ladybug on the sink countertop, on it’s back in the middle of a droplet of water, kicking like mad to right itself, but unable to because the water’s surface tension was gluing it to the countertop.

Ladybugs fall into the classification of “non-gross insects” so, without hesitation, I helped it get on it’s feet by lightly brushing it with my finger until it flipped over. It began walking around on the countertop, too heavy with water to fly.

A few seconds later, a urinal freed up and it was my turn to pee. So I stepped up and took care of what I was there to do.

When I went back to the sink to wash my hands, the ladybug was gone. I don’t know if it hid somewhere, not that there was a lot of places for it to go, or if someone did something to the ladybug.

The morals:

  1. Take care of what you need to do.
  2. The cost of doing what you need to do in the immediate term can be great in the long term.
  3. If you see someone struggling, stop and help them, even if they seem insignificant. The cost of solving problems that are truly insignificant to you is often negligible.
  4. You can’t do everything for them, but do what you can.
  5. You can’t control what happens to them or what other people will do, but try to help them anyway.