A man must be like a great brilliant flame and burn as brightly as he can.
Hello Burns Lake, British Columbia
I go down the sidewalk with uncertain steps but with a certain destination aware that I am trekking along one of the ledges of the universe. The universe is a big immeasurable place and I am part of it. And so are you.
Like all the suns, planets and moons I have my place and my orbit. And so do you. Without you and me the universe would be incomplete. and therefore not universal.
You and I don't make the papers and the nightly news. We hear all about the "stars," the famous people; who's in jail, who got out, who got married, who got divorced, who wore what on the beach, who got hired and who is selling his mansion. One should never be fooled by fame. Most of that information is important only to those in the news or the gossip hungry. The gossip, the mundane news about us is unimportant to the world.
The standard greeting in my town is "How ya doin>" It takes the place of Hello, Hi, Good Morning and all the other usual greetings. If anyone stops to talk it's usually small talk, the gracious chit chat that neighborhoods are made of. And we tend to forget that each one of us carries inside the light of the universe.
We all know people who seem to carry that light with them wherever they go. They spill spirit, excitement, positive energy in all directions whatever they are doing. Like a torch they will ignite those qualities in the people around them. Those are the real stars of the universe.
It may be the woman down the street with four kids, the high school history teacher, the little league coach, the girl behind the counter at the pharmacy, the man who fixes your car, the man who fixes your teeth, the kid in glasses who just designed a physics demonstration for her school or the man walking uncertainly down the sidewalk. There is someone around who carries the fire which lights up your own.
The fire may be borrowed but the fuel is not. Excitement, enthusiasm, a sense of wonder, an appreciation for the beautiful and the great are with you all the time ready to burst into radiance when touched by the living flame of the universe.
It doesn't matter how many times that fuel needs to be ignited, one day it will burn as brightly as it can, stay aflame, freely spill it's light in all directions and inspire those around you.
DB - The Vagabond
Never Give Up
(This is not a contest)
NASA has planned to send a two man mission on an 18 month trip to the planet Mars. It would take 6 months for the astronauts to get there and after 6 months of exploration another 6 months to return.
Should they do it and why, and if not, why not?
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