Last night as I was getting into bed, I looked out my high window that faces to the South. I didn’t have my glasses on but was surprised to see what looked like two very bright lamps shining out brilliantly and a few others just a bit smaller. Often in similar situations – when there is only one very bright light – I watch for a few minutes and see the movement that tells me what I’m seeing is a plane coming in for a landing at our county airport. There was no movement last night. If it hadn’t been just after midnight, I might have grabbed my glasses and gone outside to look. If I had done that, however, I was certain I would be awake much longer and I was already skating on the edge of a short night. I’m regretting the loss now because it’s been awhile since we have had a good night for stargazing.
Synchronistically, Brian Johnson (Optimize.me) wrote this morning, quoting Soren Kierkegaard, the great existentialist philosopher, something that I find helpful and hope to remember in these difficult days. He said:
When the sailor is out on the sea and everything is changing around him, as the waves are continually being born and dying, he does not stare into the depths of these, since they vary. He looks up at the stars. And why? Because they are faithful – as they stand now, they stood for the patriarchs, and will stand for coming generations. By what means then does he conquer changing conditions? Through the eternal: By means of the eternal, one can conquer the future, because the eternal is the foundation of the future.
So I suggest looking up occasionally at night to delight in the splendor. And if there are no stars, wait…Perhaps they will be shining the next time you look up.