Do you look at the stars?
By Jean Ricot Dormeus
Back in the day, my astronomy class took me on the roof of a building at a campsite, far from the artificial lights of the city, for a night of stargazing. The experience impressed me so much that I can still identify the Orion constellation on a clear sky. However, the pitch darkness of the night frightened the participants. No one ventured away alone. The undulation of some branch under the effect of the breeze sufficed to heighten our fears.
Many seasons of life cover us with some pitch darkness of fear, anxiety, shame, even despair. Anything we don't readily comprehend causes unusual stress and warps our thought process. Pessimism creeps in. We either plateau in the pursuit of our dreams or give up altogether.
However, when in those moments we refocus on the stars of love, service and gratitude, we regain our composure and confidence. We take a glimpse of the sky of opportunities. We learn that our minds can touch a higher dimension that create meaning to our lives.
In this scenario, optimism walks in.
In humility in the face of the unfathomable, we realize how far our limit can go. Depending on their distance, the stars take a long time to touch us with their light. Therefore, we may take the time necessary to reach our goals and dreams. We marshal our courage and resourcefulness to press on.
Then we experience the depth of Oscar Wilde's line “We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.”
Jean Ricot Dormeus
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