The Bigger Picture


This video “Cosmic Eye” has been around for a few years, I really like it. The combination of one person in perspective with the universe is stunning, and then to zoom in to the person and then the internal body is equally stunning. It tells a story about the vast expanding universe, while reminding us of the intricacies of the make up of the universe. Macro to micro.

Looking at it reminds me that I am, in one sense, one with the universe, while in another sense I am encouraged that I am not insignificant. If you’ve ever had one of those days where you’ve felt you’re not worth much, or you think what’s the point of life, or if you’ve compared yourself as puny, tiny, in comparison with the complex universe and consider yourself insignicant, then this video, simple as it is, is a reminder that you are not insignificant at all. You are part of the complex relationships that constitute life, and are a microcosm of the universe. This video reminds me that I’m a part of the web of life and therefore I have something to contribute.

The wonder of the journey of life is to discover what it is that we can contribute. I like this quote from Howard Thurman: “Don’t ask yourself what the world needs, ask yourself what makes you come alive, and then go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” Thurman reminds us that it’s not about getting it right or making a straight path in life, it’s about discovering the inner passions and seeking to find expression in the every day. It’s about you being you, just that, and finding your part in the universe.

None of us are insignificant, all of us have something inside to bring to life.

galaxies beyond
black holes abound there
my love is enough

©Paul Cannon




Filed under astronomy, Haiku, life, mindfulness, nature, quote, Space

14 responses to “The Bigger Picture

  1. This is beautiful! You’re right, it is good to be reminded how small we are… it’s soothing to know that even beyond this planet there’s life (well, hopefully), and we’re all part of the same thing.

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  2. Life is exciting and fulfilling when we embrace the process of ‘becoming’.

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  3. great post, love the perspective of this 🙂
    That Sandy is reading and commenting is huge, well done you!

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  4. I cannot agree more, Paul. Our tiniest selves have more to give then we often know. The screen saver on my phone does not have photos of scenery, or grandchildren as one might expect. Instead it says: What are you adding to the world today? I am not always sure I need the reminder as I do think like that, but the reminder is there to interpret as I wish. Sometimes it is just a smile in the right direction.

    Always inspired..

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  5. lync56

    This was helpful as you know this clip has always been a cause of unsettlement to me in so far as the insignificance of me in the light of this ever expanding universe – the struggling to marry this to my belief in a God who knows me intimately and loves me personally when I am so microscopic in the light of the universe – thank you


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