Astronomy: (n) the branch of science that deals with celestial objects, space, and the physical universe as a whole.
45 years ago.
April 22nd, 1970: the first Earth Day.
I was there for it. Well, actually, the truth of the matter is, the student body of our senior class was granted the afternoon off to plan a parade, and my girlfriend and I took the opportunity, being free from school, to go off someplace and neck. (I guess everybody has their own way of celebrating Earth Day.)
But when I thought about astronomy today, it seemed perfect for the occasion when we give honor to Mother Earth.
Because life is all about perspective and mission.
It doesn’t matter if you’re going to the grocery store or planning a trip to the moon. One always has to first gain perspective, and then plan the mission.
I often find myself looking to the stars and the heavens. Almost universally, the human race believes that God dwells somewhere in the vast expanse of the astronomical wonder. Whether that is true or not, a gaze into the sky will certainly give you perspective. For we truly are one small dot on a huge landscape of the universe.
Sometimes it makes me think about God. Oftentimes it gives me a humbling mingling of gratitude and humility.
But sooner or later, I need to take my eyes off the sky and place them on the scope of the work which is directly in front of me.
I need to gain mission.
And mission is very simple: what am I going to do today on Earth that is sensitive to the planet while still honoring the heavens?
I personally like Earth Day. It reminds me that I am an Earthling, while also letting me know that the stars twinkle above … gently viewing my progress.
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