The wonder of perspective…

By Paul Stansifer, 84user, NASA, Celestia, JPL/Caltech via Wikimedia Commons

When I was 14 years old, I saved up all summer to buy my first telescope. Much in the same fashion as I do today, when there is something I want, I research it to death and make sure I know exactly which model I want, why I want it and if it’s the best one for the amount I can afford. My telescope purchase was no different. I knew the day was drawing closer and closer and I still remember setting it up on my rooftop waiting to see what the night sky would surprise me with.

I wasn’t as amazed as I thought I would be because I expected to see the stars the size of gold balls but instead I was able to see more stars of the same pinhole size that we see with the naked eye. This wasn’t NASA, it was a teenage-level amateur telescope. What I did learn on those chilly rooftop astronomical nights was that beyond what we see is a whole sea of things we can’t see but are equally as amazing.

In this picture we see a comparison of all the planets in our solar system. If that doesn’t humble you, I don’t know what will. So in this extremely cold winter night I suggest we pack all our troubles, worries and thoughts and place them next to any one of these circular miracles and see how they measure up.

And it’s with great relief that I conclude that this life is not about me.

much stargazing love

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