DFW Airport has recorded a temperature of 100 degrees or more twenty three times this year. The average is eighteen. We beat the average, Yay!! or should I say, Darn!! Are you glad those triple digits are gone for this year? I am. I enjoy warm weather much more than cold, but temperatures in the 100s can wear anyone down. Extreme heat drains the energy of many things, not just us humans. Air conditioners, car batteries and tires, the Hydrangeas in front of the church all take a beating in the summer heat of DFW. What is it about those temperatures in the one hundreds? If we were to have a summer where every day was 95, we would think the world was coming to an end because, “We ain’t never had a summer that mild.” Why is 101 so much different than 95? It is because in science everything has a breaking point. Water freezes at 32 degrees and boils at 212. That’s just the way it is. In the natural world things will experience radical change if the right amount of heat or cold or pressure or chemical or whatever is applied. If you could apply 150,000 times the atmospheric pressure to your pencil lead, you could manufacture your own diamonds. Did you know that everything has a melting point and a freezing point? That is why a 6 degree change when you are already in the 90s or the 30s is so much different than being in the 60s. When it comes to the temperatures our bodies can withstand, we have a lot of wiggle room at 65.
What about the things that cannot be measured by the science of the natural world? Are there still breaking points? Have you ever “Lost it”? And you know I am not talking about misplacing your keys. I bet you have. I have. The pressure got too much, the heat got too hot to deal with, maybe a chemical was added and Bam! Radical change! It is easy to make radical changes in the natural appear to be similar to radical changes in the psychological, but they are not. A radical change in science is predictable. We know just how much heat or pressure to add to bring on the change. In humans, that is not so. We do not know what temperature a person is currently experiencing just by looking at them. Are they already in the 90s and 6 more degrees will make them shut down or blow up? If a radical change does occur, are the effects going to be lasting or will they be able to return to their common state? The human heart is an unpredictable, delicate entity. Everyone’s is different. Some can handle more heat than others. Some seem to thrive on pressure while others shut down with even the slightest. No matter the breaking point of anyone’s heart, they all need maintenance. A trusted maintenance person is always welcomed over one that tests the limits. Wouldn’t it be nice to know you helped someone bring their temperature back into the 60s instead of pushing it beyond 100 or below 32?