Imagine for a moment that you are flying through space in your bad ass space ship. As you cross over the “space line” (as apposed to ‘state line’) from our solar system into deep space, you glance back to get a quick selfie, and a couple extra pics looking back at earth.
Throwing on autopilot, you access your images on your smartphone and find the pics you took. Frustrated that they didn’t seem to turn out, you tap on the screen, and it zooms in automatically. Then your eye catches it… a tiny blue dot in a sea of black space. The Pale Blue Dot – Snapshot Of Our Miracle (you think out loud and in awe).
Home. You smile, home does that to you… and you continue on your mission, further into deep space.
What is the pale blue dot?
This image (aka snapshot) was taken by the Voyager 1 on 2/14/1990. It happened to be 4 billion miles away, and was heading out of our solar system. Just as it was passing Pluto, it snapped a series of images looking back at Earth, and this was one of those images.
Upon seeing the image, Carl Sagan dubbed it the “Pale Blue Dot“, and authored a book by the same name. So the picture here is where the name came from. It looks as though the picture is empty of anything at all. Yet as you zoom in and examine the image closer, a tiny spec comes into view.
Do you see it? Look closely… it is a little lower than mid page, and slightly right from the middle… floating perfectly in what looks like a stream of light. Find it? That is Home. Earth.
Take another moment to look at that image, and zoom in so you can see the tiny blue dot. Note how tiny and insignificant it appears as it swims in a sea of dark, lifeless space.
That tiny blue orb is our everything. Anything and anyone you have ever known or loved is on that tiny orb. It is as though the Earth was created just for the human race, and life itself.
I am not professing religion here. I am talking about the orchestra that is performed by processes on our planet, and the various laws of our Universe just to sustain our world and our life.
It really is quite miraculous that we are here at all. Yet we are. Nothing other than gratitude should fill our hearts, but unfortunately we are flawed creatures, in a predatory, often cruel world at that, and many lose sight of the miracle of being alive.
We are here to encourage you to take grasp of the miracle, become passionate for your life, and watch the gifts of a life well lived, manifest into your world.
The Bigger Miracle: You
Life is a miraculous gift… and our planet is indeed a miracle all its own. It is obvious as one stares into the dark, unending emptiness of space surrounding our planet.
It is a miracle that our planet is the perfect distance from the sun, or that we have Jupiter protecting us from Asteroids. Or the miracle that we have an atmosphere that is just right, unlike all other planets we know of.
When you start to break down the details, the enormity of it hits you… We are walking miracles. Each of us. The Earth is mankind’s perfect home, protecting us from the dangers of space and the sun.
Think of all the things that have to come together to support life like our atmosphere, to the magnetic field of the earth, the river in the sky, ocean biology, and so much more as described here by Curiosity’s article 9 things that make the earth the perfect place for life.
Now that we have established the miracle life, lets talk about the Bigger Miracle. That is YOU. You are the bigger miracle. When you start to grasp that fact, life is going to really open up and start flowing.
Each of us is a miracle, and for all we know, we are the ONLY intelligent life in our Universe. Not for lack of trying of course, we just cannot find anyone, or anything else out there. We haven’t come across any beings, nor any abandoned civilizations.
We are it… and that is ok. Hopefully we will be the ones to populate the cosmos. We certainly could accomplish something so grand, one day. However, lets not lose sight of the now, because that is all we truly have. Now is the time to recognize the bigger miracle of You, and strive to become passionate about your life!
Identify your passions and live your miracle. Stop being held prisoner by held prisoner by self-limiting beliefs and discover your heaven here in this amazing world that is just for us. It is time to change the story you tell yourself.
Pale Blue Dot… Your Reaction & Our Conclusion
Though the snapshot of the Pale Blue Dot looks like nothing at all, it certainly tells a grand story. You can’t help but be in a certain amount of “awe” as you gaze into that sea of nothingness, the space that surrounds our planet.
The image conjures feelings of emptiness, sadness even. Yet it also conjures an awe inspiring gratitude to a Grand Planner, a Grand Creator who put everything into motion just for us.
Not everyone believes in such a thing, but as I look out into the vast nothingness upon which our pale blue dot hangs, I can’t help but feel intensely that a world so complex and awe inspiring didn’t just accidentally come into existence. Intelligent design begets Intelligent Designer. Perhaps that’s a topic for another time.- smiles-
What feelings does the Pale Blue Dot evoke in you? Are you in awe, or does it make you feel like we are all alone in this world?
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Pale Blue Dot by Carl Sagan
As I mentioned, Carl Sagan coined the “Pale Blue Dot”. In his book of the same name, he describes that infamous picture of a thousand words, in a few words of his own. Below is a snippet.
“Look again at that dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives.
The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every “superstar,” every “supreme leader,” every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there–on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.
The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that, in glory and triumph, they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot.
Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of this pixel on the scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner, how frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds.
Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the Universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves.
The Earth is the only world known… to harbor life. There is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate. Visit, yes. Settle, not yet. Like it or not, for the moment the Earth is where we make our stand.
It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we’ve ever known.”
— Carl Sagan, Pale Blue Dot, 1994Believe in the miracle of you. Know it, believe it, and live it. Can you imagine the things you could accomplish if you had always known the greatness of you? You know it now.
Overcome your self-limiting beliefs now! Change the story you tell yourself. Change your story, change your life!