Reassuring and terrifying at the same time, that this pale blue dot is us, spinning around the sun.
This pale blue dot is where we fit in to the infinite nature that is the Universe.
A picture of Earth taken in the early 90s from 3.7 billion miles away.
I believe this gives us an unbelievable perspective, doesn’t it?
How we can feel significant and meaningful because we have our place in the Universe.
And yet, at the same time, know exactly how insignificant we are in the grand scheme of it.
If you get stuck – viewing life through a narrow, zoomed in lens – caught up in modern life’s stresses, the petty complaints and greivances. The anxiety of what’s coming next.
Focusing on the stuff that doesn’t really matter. The stuff we don’t enjoy. The stuff we can’t really control.
Remember this pale blue dot.
Stop. Take a deep breathe.
And ask, is it really worth it?
And focus on what is worth it instead. What you can control and enjoy in the present.
Zoom out. And keep zooming out. Keep the magnitude of what’s happening in our day to day lives in proportion.
This may not always be easy or comfortable.
But it is necessary because it reminds us that nothing is permanent, everything changes and passes.
Good, bad or indifferent.
And no-one describes this big picture more eloquently than the astronomer, Carl Sagan: