Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Mind Scramblin' Pale Blue Dot

This photograph, from the Voyager 1 space probe, inspired astronomer Carl Sagan's book, Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space.

At first glance, this image might not strike a chord...
but read this brief excerpt, and prepare to see it in a whole new light.
Photo Credit from NASA
From this distant vantage point, the Earth might not seem of any particular interest. But for us, it's different. Consider again that dot. That's here. That's home. That's us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every "superstar," every "supreme leader," every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there – on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.

Deep breath out, right?

When I'm about to tweak out over tidying clutter or when emotions get to swirling, I try to conjure the pale blue dot image to mind.
Suddenly, my problems seem a whole lot smaller in the big scheme of things.

Want some even wackier perspective?
Check out this video and prepare to sit in stunned silence.

Jaw to the floor?
Because what can you even say?
The worlds are wide, my friends.
What a ride being in the mix.

Enjoy your place in the universe today!
XOXO From My Hearth to Yours

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