‘Look Up at the Sky…”

Yesterday, I took Minjay downstairs one last time for the night at around 10:30pm. It was a perfectly clear night, and the stars shone brightly against the black sky. They were probably even more visible because last night was a brand new crescent moon.

I thought back to one of our evening walks from a couple of weeks ago, and my post about taking the time to be outside at night.

See, it’s not just about mornings walks with minjay, but nighttime strolls too. Typically, before I had to care for Minjay, I’d finish up with work, errands, working out or going out to dinner with Nadim or friends, and just go inside. Then there’d be the usual unwinding, often including the TV.

Thanks to Minjay, though, I am now forced to go outside every night around 9 or 10, and stand around while he sniffs his way up and down the block. While waiting, my eyes usual wander around, and up. I don’t know why it still surprises me, nearly every night when I take him downstairs and take a breath–often for the first time since the afternoon and evening rush to get things done–that the stars are there. Every night. It’s too easy to forget the wonder and the universe around us in our daily bustle.

Calvin And Hobbes Night Sky

That seems to be a key part of figuring out this work-life balance thing: remembering to look up at the stars every night. It is an important reminder of just how insignificant most of our daily worries are, just how unimportant much of our often self-inflicted stress is. When you’re looking at light that’s billions of light years old, and a reminder of the vastness of the universe… how can you really worry about a phone call you have to make, or an arbitrary deadline you have to meet? This isn’t to say that we shouldn’t care about or daily work; quite the opposite, it should inspire us in all we do, and give us a bit of perspective. OK, a lot of perspective.

Which all brought to mind another favorite Dave Matthews Band song that I’ve been humming to myself since last night:

“Look up at the sky
My mouth is open wide, lick and taste
What’s the use in worrying, what’s the use in hurrying
Turn, turn we almost become dizzy”

Dave Matthews Band – Dancing Nancies Lyrics

This morning, fittingly, the first news I heard, or rather read on NYTimes.com, was about scientists discovering a ‘cosmic chirp’ that vindicated Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity 100 years after he came up with it. This was yet another reminder of the mysteries out there, and just how little it matters if we’re stuck in traffic and are a few minute late to a meeting or appointment…

Every word in this sentence from The New York Times is mind-blowing:

Scientists say they heard a ‘cosmic chirp’ of two black holes colliding a billion light-years away, the first direct evidence of gravitational waves, the ripples in the fabric of space-time that Einstein predicted a century ago.

Great video explaining the discoveries:

http://graphics8.nytimes.com/video/players/offsite/index.html?videoId=100000004200661

So tonight, and every night, let’s remember to look up at the sky!

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