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I had a crappy week. My car kissed a guardrail, a co-worker sent me a nasty email on par with the kiss of death, and I missed spring sun-kissed weather because I was too busy to get out for lunch. If it sounds like I need a hug, it’s because I do. Then I read this post from livenowandzen, and I realized something…in the grand scheme of the universe and within the scope of humanity’s current and future place on this earth, these annoyances are a speck of dust not worth dwelling on. Some days we just need to be reminded of this.

Live Now and Zen

Pale_Blue_Dot That tiny dot about halfway down in the center of the brown line is Earth as seen from deep space by Voyager 1. Feel small yet? 

“That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever lived, lived out their lives. The aggregate of all our joys and sufferings, thousands of confident religions, ideologies and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilizations, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every hopeful child, every mother and father, every 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…

…To my mind, there is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this…

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