Watch the stars in their courses and imagine yourself running alongside them. Think constantly on the changes of the elements into each other, for such thoughts wash away the dust of earthly life.”
(Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, 7.47)
The stars have always fascinated us, and I love the opportunity to share what little I know with whoever will sit still long enough to listen. Seriously, that was how Missy and I spent our first night together… walking around in a wildflower field, talking about the stars and the cosmos. Rev. Bee likes to tell people when we first met I “woo’d her with stars”. I can’t take credit for that. The stars did all the work, really.
The heavens, and Cosmos in general, can create a space wherein which we can feel impossibly small, rather insignificant, quite important, and part of something bigger… all at the same time.
We need that. At least I do, that’s for sure.
We need perspective in order to remove our biases from our thought.
Tonight, I’ll have been 48 for a whole day… and I’ll be sitting outside for a bit, thinking about my own insignificance, and importance in the cosmos. I’ll take a moment to shake off the “dust of earthly life”.
(See y’all tomorrow)