Published on January 18th, 2013 | by Scott0
Change your thoughts and you change your world
When I signed into Google+ this morning, I was given a smile right from the gates when +Amy Gabriel pinged me in her post, saying that this image reminded her of me. I am not only extremely grateful and humbled that this sort of image and caption would remind someone of me, but its subject has been on my mind a lot lately amid my whirlwind of chaos as I try to get all the things accomplished.
I’ve found myself in an amazing situation where I have the opportunity to reach out and share my passions to an audience, actively engaging with people in an attempt to plant seeds of wonder into their imagination so that they can push forward their horizon of understanding the universe around us.
Changing your world, as daunting of a mission as that can be, starts with choosing what you will think about. Sparks of curiosity are what allows the flames of passion to ignite inside you, leaving you with the tremendous responsibility of keeping that fire lit or allowing it to be snuffed out in a world full of distractions, a barrage of negative stimuli, and the banalities of daily life. Making the choice to do remarkable things is what allows you to wake up each day, eager to do something significant in your world, hoping to make it just a little bit better.
The risk of failure is necessary in this, which is where many people stop. Failing is not only necessary, but it must be welcomed and accepted by anybody deciding to push forward to do remarkable deeds. This risk of failure is a constant source of terror for the vast majority of us, but it is not the place to stop. It’s the place to reflect on the amazing things that you are able to do while also becoming aware of the fact that there are a multitude of remarkable people with whom you can collaborate with, if you take the time to choose wisely. Don’t let the risk of failure be the place where you stop trying to do remarkable things, let it be the place where you acknowledge that you can struggle and you can stumble, but you can get back up.
To know the cosmos is to know yourself
The theme of my site, is one of becoming an active participant in the cosmos. The cosmos is not outside of us, the cosmos is all around us, and we are in it. We are its citizens, we are the parts of the cosmos trying to understand ourself. Though the Universe is immensely enormous, it’s far too easy to come to the conclusion that we are insignificant creatures living on a tiny rock around an average star, revolving around a galaxy that will collide with another in ~4 billion years. However, using that perspective is one that allows us to consider that though we are tiny beings on a tiny rock orbiting an average star, we’ve been able to discover so much about this universe we live in, especially in the last 100 years. Our thirst for knowledge has not been sated, and there is deluge waiting for us if we decide to step out and learn.
Thanks again, Amy for bringing a smily to my face when I’ve been on the cusp of being overwhelmed. Thank you all for your continued support of me and the various projects I’m involved with. Also, thank you all again for being such fantastic human beings, working together to find ways of making this planet a better one while we look up into the heavens to better understand our place in it.
Amy Gabriel is a blogger, poet, columnist, mother, wife, wordsmith extraordinaire, not to mention an outright wonderful person.
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