Here’s the deal. There is so much to be grateful for. Soooo… I’m going to focus on that. Today I’m going to begin my gratitude journey by zooming way out and forgetting myself for a moment. Or rather, putting myself into perspective. I am just one tiny being in an infinite galaxy. We live on the most beautiful and lush planet in the cosmos. When astronauts went to the moon, they said, (and I’m paraphrasing here) “Yeah the moon was cool I guess but looking back at our blue and green jewel of planet earth was the real wonder.” (I’ll try to look up the quote I’m vaguely referencing). But think about that for a moment. We spend millions and billions to explore the vast unknown space, hoping to find another planet that can support life and we are already on it. We are here. How lucky we are to be on this magical planet. I love this quote, ‘We live on a blue planet that circles around a ball of fire next to a moon that moves the sea, and you don’t believe in miracles?’ Let that sink in for a moment if you haven’t already today. We should be exploring the vast paradise we get to call home. So yeah. My gratitude to exist on this miracle of planet is infinite. I just love home and as exciting as the possibility of exploring space is (and it has alway been a dream of mine), I guess I like to remind myself that a lot of the times, the things we are seeking are not as far away as we might think. Sometimes we go out seeking happiness in external far off places, only to discover that it’s closer than we think and it’s been within our grasp all along if we just attune our hearts to the magic ALL around. So here are some quotes from astronauts about our home planet. 🙂
“I think we’re going to the moon because it’s in the nature of the human being to face challenges. It’s by the nature of his deep inner soul … we’re required to do these things just as salmon swim upstream.”
“Don’t let anyone rob you of your imagination, your creativity, or your curiosity. It’s your place in the world; it’s your life. Go on and do all you can with it, and make it the life you want to live.”
“The desire to live life to its fullest, to acquire more knowledge, to abandon the economic treadmill, are all typical reactions to these experiences in altered states of consciousness. The previous fear of death is typically quelled.”
― Edgar Mitchell.
Shuttle/ISS astronaut Ron Garan: “When we look down at the earth from space, we see this amazing, indescribably beautiful planet. It looks like a living, breathing organism. But it also, at the same time, looks extremely fragile … Anybody else who’s ever gone to space says the same thing because it really is striking and it’s really sobering to see this paper-thin layer and to realize that that little paper-thin layer is all that protects every living thing on Earth from death, basically. From the harshness of space.”
Edgar Mitchell, Apollo 14 astronaut: “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 ther e 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.’”