Pale Blue Dot

For a cosmic rendition of seeing the proverbial forest, rather than the trees, take a look at Earth from the perspective of the Saturn-orbiting Cassini spacecraft. From nearly 900 million miles away, Earth is just a dot of light and the moon is even smaller. (Discovery News)

Cassini’s picture reminds us how tiny our home planet is in the vastness of space, and also testifies to the ingenuity of the citizens of this tiny planet to send a robotic spacecraft so far away from home to study Saturn and take a look-back photo of Earth – Cassini scientist Linda Spilker.

Our life is on that pale blue dot, floating freely in the ocean of darkness.

All our dreams, goals, aspirations, failures, friends, family.

Everything you know love, everything you hate, everything you find funny and everything that bothers you is there, grounded by gravity on that little blue speck in the blackness of space.

I don’t know about you, but I am extremely humbled by this photograph.

It makes me feel small. It makes my desires, fears and failures feel insignificant.


Better than good.

It’s great.

You see, I need to be reminded that the world does not revolve around me and my problems or my concerns or my worries.

I wasn’t designed to think this way. None of us were.

You see, we are on this earth to love each other, to take care of each other and to serve each other.

Somewhere along the line, it all got messed up and we were corrupted. Our focus was twisted. It was skewed. It was distorted.

We started thinking that life was about us. We stopped caring, stopped loving, stopped helping.

Tomorrow is a new day. An opportunity to start caring, to start loving, to start helping.

Be better. Make that pale blue dot shine brighter tomorrow.

Pale Blue Dot

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