I’m concentrating on staying healthy, having peace, being happy, remembering what is important, taking in nature and animals, spending time reading, trying to understand the universe where science and the spiritual meet. ~ Joan Jett
This NASA photo of earth strikes awe and wonder in me every time I see it. It seems appropriate to put it in a post and ponder its (in)significance and mine in the grand scheme of things.
It’s sobering to contemplate my smallness in the big picture. I look at this globe and find the approximate spot I occupy on it, and it’s a little scary. I mean, if earth is a tiny speck in the observable universe, and the universe goes on and on ad infinitum, and I’m a tiny speck on the planet; then my sum total is less than a grain of sand.
There are hypotheses that suggest that beyond our universe, there are other universes. (Wikipedia) I asked one of my teenagers, “What is the universe?” She responded without hesitation, “It’s everything.” This particular granddaughter is a woman of few words and I like that about her. I also like her answer. So if the universe is everything, how can there be other universes? A better question would be, “Who cares?” Or better yet, “How did I get myself into this deep line of questioning, and how the heck do I get out?”
I back up and I look at this remarkable picture and appreciate it for its aesthetic qualities. It’s a work of art! Focusing on how tiny I am does not serve me well. Since my divorce I have felt way too small already. I must not exacerbate the problem by comparing myself to a grain of sand. I’m a work of art, too. So are you. I hope you feel like one.
So…from serious Joan Jett to fun-loving rocker Joan Jett, let’s dance and enjoy this moment.