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Our Place in the Universe

on 6 May, 2014

When I used to live in California, I used to take my son out to the beach on the Pacific Ocean. We had one that we called our own, and would go about once a month. On other occasions when I needed a bigger shift in attitude, we used to go to this wonderful place in the Sierra Madres mountains.

See, for me, it used to be that I needed something larger to retrain my thoughts. To make me understand that in the grand scheme of things, my problems were seriously insignificant. Between the beach and the mountains, it was usually enough to help me make a mental shift and continue on.

The problem really has been since we’ve move to Kansas City. Land locked and flat as a pancake. I have yet to find that magic place that allows me to be right with the universe. Until last night.

About 3:00am, The Kid woke me by knocking on the bedroom door. We had talked about this a couple of nights earlier, that there was going to be a ‘meteor shower’ –  2014 Eta Aquarid meteor shower is expected to peak overnight from May 5 to 6. It is one showers that occurs every year as Earth passes through debris left behind by Halley’s Comet. Best viewing was supposed to be between 3:00 and 5:00am. Well, at the last minute, he decided he wanted to go watch.

Well, we had to get out of town (away from the light pollution) and about 15 minutes or so, we were parked in the short space in front of a farmer’s field entrance and hanging out at the front of the truck. There is something very awe inspiring about watching the night sky and thinking about all of those stars and planets and solar systems. Makes you think about how just little impact a single person makes in the grand scheme of things. It allowed me to make my mental shift. At least for a little while.



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