I love this photo of the Earth and Moon. It was taken last month by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. It provides a view of our existence that we very rarely see. Pictures of the Earth are usually partial views from ISS or whole images taken from the moon, but to see the Earth and Moon together and watch their dance is a beautiul sight. In this picture is pretty much everyone who ever lived hanging in the black nothing with our faithful companion so near and yet so far. Viewing our lives in this different perspective is quite profound and I have stared at it in wonder for some time, stirring up motivations and joys that I hadn’t experienced for a while. It reminds me of the value in looking at something familiar in another way. Sometimes I worry about how you may feel you are losing or wasting years of your life and the mental burden that may bring, but then I heard on the radio the statisitic that the average person will spend eight and a half years of their lives watching TV. So I looked at your situation from a different perspective, if you spend every moment you can in pursuit of meaningful and productive goals you actually won’t have lost any time at all on the average person. It’s not the years in your life, it’s the life in your years.
Keep going, we are proud of you.
The World Turns
You had your time in the sun
Everything was bright, success surrounded you
All were happy to see you and be seen with you
Your generous heart and soul were freely given
Your decency prevented you from suspicion
Now you are in the shade of a lowering storm
The dappled shadows of depression are rife
Sometimes you think your life is over
Loneliness, regret and grief may fill your days
And where are those people you thought of as friends?
As this year ends, a new one will follow
The sun will come out again and you will be there
Sadder and wiser, remorseful and changed
But strong, mighty, innocent and free
And a new chapter will begin as the world turns
Fondest love from Sally
On 11th September it was confirmed that Voyager 1 Probe has left the Solar System. It is now hurtling alone into the unknown of interstellar space. But though it is miles and miles from us and destined for uncharted , dangerous times, it take with it all the goodwill and hope and love of those who care for it, those who will never stop thinking of it on its journey.
We are journeying into this unknown with you
With all the love in the solar system and beyond
I don’t know how much you know about astronomy, though I imagine you’ve seen some beautiful sights in the tranquil sky above South Africa, southern hemisphere constellations I can still only dream of.
Perhaps you know about the Cassini-Huygens probe that left Earth in 1997 on its mission to illuminate our minds to the intrigues of Saturn’s mystical atmosphered moon Titan. It arrived in spectacular fashion in 2004, bursting onto the scene. It was young, imperfect, but humble, it took its mission seriously, pushed the boundaries of what was thought possible for such a probe, a tough competitor against the harsh elemental conditions it found itself in and won its prize fairly. It transmitted long after many thought it should be lost.
Such things it told us! Our minds were brightened, our spirits filled and our hearts content to have had our horizons broadened and our assumptions smashed. Huygens has stopped transmitting now but Cassini lives on, continuing its legacy, silent, dignified, biding its time as the universe is in no hurry, to show us the truth about the golden encircled planet.
On 19th July 2013, the judgemental and burning Sun turned away to glare at other things and Cassini was free to look back, back to the tiny bluish dot from whence it came all those years ago. 900 million miles away it looked with the clarity afforded by purity of intention through the vacuum of space to another humble survivor, the small world suspended in the darkness.
What does it tell us? Just one pixel high. This is us. It is all that we have. It has floated here 13.5 billion years. It has been battered. It has been collided with. It has had whole chunks taken out of it and even now as liquid mercury rises on its surface, it still faces its toughest challenge. But we will not leave it. That we know. We will fight for it. That we know. It does not have to be afraid.
As we look at ourselves through the lens of our own creation, we must remember
We are all on this together.
~ Katie (UK)