As I reflected this morning about how far man has come in the last 100 years – and how amazing life in general is right now — I was reminded of a line from the movie “Joe vs the Volcano.” There is a scene where Meg Ryan’s character tells Tom Hank’s character that her father believed most people go through life asleep – and those who are awake live in a constant state of awe. I felt like that today as I watched people leaving work, talking on their cell phones, and complaining about some trivial first world problem.
I look at every day as a miracle that is built upon trillions of other miracles. Think about the fact that our planet is in the exact right place in relation to the sun to sustain life – it couldn’t be any closer or any farther. The same goes with the moon. The moon enables planetary weather by affecting tides and ocean currents. Also, consider the fact that we have exactly the right amount of atmosphere to allow exactly the right amount of solar radiation which promotes photosynthesis, and in turn produces the oxygen we breathe.
Consider that the smart phone that most of us have has more computing power than the U.S. government had in the entirety of the 1960s – which includes putting a man on the moon and bringing him back safely. Also, consider the fact that only 100 years ago it took weeks, not hours, to go coast to coast in America. Soon it will be counted in minutes. Think about the amount of information available to any person with a smart phone. You don’t have to wonder about anything; the entirety of humanity’s collected knowledge is available at your fingertips.
Consider that right now, inside your body, without you thinking about it, your brain and nervous system is monitoring and making minute corrections to your respiration, temperature, blood pressure, and balance. Not even the most sophisticated computer we have built (to date) can do what our brain does without a single conscious thought. It gets even more complex when we walk or run – imagine all that’s going on as we daydream during a long walk or run.
I hope that this helps wake the kind reader up, if just for a little while. Be in wonder of the miracles around and inside of you. It will help provide perspective when you find yourself upset about the trivial things – and considering we are on a planet in a vast infinite Universe, in the exact right spot for life – most of our problems are trivial.