Wednesday, November 25, 2009

At home in the universe


Earth. My planet. My home.
In all the universe, amongst white-hot stars, red dwarfs, black holes, nebula whirls and endless unknowns, there is Earth.
On Thanksgiving when many of us express gratitude I humbly suggest we remember what makes any of us possible. We get to fall in love, raise babies, play with puppies, read novels, press the keys of a piano, listen to waves rumble and collect shells. We choose lipstick shades, dive from cliffs, reel in fish, slide down mountains, fall from the skies, kiss baby feet, smoke turkeys, whip cream and snuggle under comforters.
We do all we do because this planet, our home, nourishes life. Love her back, remember and protect her so life continues to flourish in this outpost in space. Happy Thanksgiving.
This photo of a crescent of Earth courtesy of NASA Image Science & Analysis Laboratory.

20 comments:

Andrea Cremer said...

I'm having a hard day and this post brought great comfort. Thanks, Tricia.

Tabitha Bird said...

So true! We should be thankful we get the chance to be thankful :)

Stephanie Thornton said...

Lovely reminder- thank you!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Tess said...

It all comes down to that, doesn't it? Have a fantastic holiday! Wishing us all a nap at some point:)

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

Andrea: I'm so sorry you're having a rough one. :( Glad I helped a bit.

Tabitha: You have hit it on the head (all of our hard heads).

Stephanie: Thanks, you too!

Tess: Naps, oh my, yes. They are sadly maligned and clearly meant to be. Just look at the animal kingdom--they know all about napping.

Donna said...

I've been moon gazing these past clear nights. Thanks for the closer view and for the reminder that we all have blessings, large and small, on this earth.

Donna said...

I mean moon-gazing and, thanks to your photo, Earth-gazing as well.

beth said...

Beautiful picture!!! And nice reminder, too.

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Terresa said...

Whip cream! Yes, please!

Thank you, earth.

And thanks, Tricia.

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

Thanks Donna and Beth!

Um, Justice you look like SPAM.

Terresa: Whip cream is serious indeed. Thanks :)

Shannon O'Donnell said...

Very beautifully said and so right. I'm in total agreement with the wishes for naps - I love nap time! Thanks for the poetic reminder of the glory of earth.

Happy Thanksgiving!
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Yvonne said...

Of all we have to be thankful for, where to start but with Earth? The astronauts tell us, there is nothing so astonishing and humbling as to see Earth from space.

Thanks, Tricia, and Happy Thanksgiving.

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

Welcome Shannon! Nice to meet you and thanks! There will definitely have to be a nap tucked in somewhere.

Yvonne: Indeed. Somehow I thought we'd be of the same mind about this. Here's to Earth!

storyqueen said...

This is lovely...a beautiful way to start the day.

When the oyster dressing is burning and the cream won't whip and the green beans are too soggy, I am going to take a deep breath and remember this...


Thank you.

Shelley

Anonymous said...

Happy Thanksgiving! I love your posts and that pic of Earth is beautiful. God is a master artist. His works are mind boggling. We have so much to be thankful for, fer sure. Have a wonderful holiday. Cheers!
Lynnerd

Yat-Yee said...

Thanks for the reminder, Tricia. Happy Thanksgiving.

Davin Malasarn said...

This is a beautiful reminder, Tricia. Thank you so much for this! I will try to do my part, even today when the possibility of overdoing everything is so high. Happy Thanksgiving!

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

Shelley: May your cream whip and dressing not burn! Thanks and have a great one!

Welcome Lynnerd. Thanks for the kind words and wishes. Have a wonderful day!

Yat-Yee: You, too, friend.

Davin: Oh, go ahead and indulge! That's part of the yin-yang, right? Wishing you a lovely day.

Escapist said...

Happy thnax giving day ...so true..