…and remember this:
Planet Earth is a tiny round ball made out of dirt, rock, and molten stone, that is hovering in the middle of empty space, among billions of stars in billions of galaxies.
Yet here you are, a living, breathing, intelligent being, carrying on your life under a blue sky, among green forests and beside vast oceans, lakes, and streams.
Isn’t that amazing?
As I write this I feel the sun’s warmth in my face. I see the trees move in the wind. I feel my heart beat and the blood pump in my veins. I feel the breath going in and out of my lungs. I feel at peace, and above all I feel amazed.
Sometimes I get this great urge to scream it out loud at the top of my lungs, because life IS amazing!
As Apollo 14 astronaut Edgar Mitchell said on April 8, 1974, about looking back on Earth from outer space:
You develop an instant global consciousness, a people orientation, an intense dissatisfaction with the state of the world, and a compulsion to do something about it. From out there on the moon, international politics look so petty. You want to grab a politician by the scruff of the neck and drag him a quarter of a million miles out and say, “Look at that, you son of a bitch.”
It’s so easy to get carried away in your daily life, to have your consciousness shrink into the small computer screen in front of you, that you forget the vastness of the universe and the wonder of life. But there’s an instant fix for that.
Look up in the sky.
Do you see the Sun?
That’s not just a small shining circle in the sky. That’s an enormous star over one million times the volume of Earth hovering tens of millions of miles away, that just happens to be at the right distance to enable animals to thrive and plants to grow with its life-giving warmth and light.
If you don’t see the Sun, then do you see the Moon?
There are human footprints on that moon.
And the only reason you can see the Moon in the first place is because the Sun is lighting it up like a gigantic Bat-Signal urging you to wake up to the wonder of life.
If you’ve got a good eye and know where to look you can even see Mars, and as long as humanity does not destroy itself first, we will eventually colonize that planet.
Future descendants of humanity, maybe your descendents, who some day will feel bored with life, will look up in the sky through their bionic contact lenses, back on Earth, and remember how exciting life is.
The question for the present is…
Do you remember?