Look Up, Way Up!

September 23, 2009

Did you see the space station fly overhead last Tuesday night? It was really cool! It was a gorgeous night; not a cloud in the sky, a zillion stars overhead and right on cue, the International space station arrived chasing the shuttle across the evening sky.

As Angela, Ruth and I stood staring up at the night sky, marvelling at the sight, a teenager came shuffling up the road, hoodie up, eyes down and ipod turned up. Wanting to share the experience, I pointed into the sky and shouted, “look the space station!”

The kid lifted his head and looked at me like I was a doddering old fool and I am by no means doddering and then resumed staring at the ground and kept right on shuffling.

I thought: how often are we so consumed with the ordinary, that we can’t lift our eyes to heaven? I’m assuming, that whatever the kid was listening to could have been paused and he would have been rewarded with a sight that he might never see again. His loss, but what do we miss while we are plugged into work or worry or whatever and don’t take the time to hit pause?

Have a great week and remember: To see what is really possible, you will have to attempt the impossible.