The Beauty and the Pain 09-24-2022

Hello, Friend -

This week has seen some magnificent triumphs and some hard trials for the human spirit. If you are a nerd like me, you may have seen that NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) was a huge success.

The goal of the mission was to test the potential of using a spacecraft to deflect an asteroid in the event that one was headed toward Earth.

What’s amazing about this accomplishment is that we managed to hit an asteroid that was approximately 525 feet in diameter (about the size of Rome’s Colosseum) and over 7 million miles away.

Let that sink in. It’s an amazing accomplishment.

You can see some of the final images that were sent back before impact on NASA’s mission site. Telescopes and satellites even caught photos of the debris that was created after the impact.

In the same week, here back on Earth, our neighbors in Florida have been dealing with the impacts of Hurricane Ian.

Ian hit landfall on Wednesday as a Category 4 storm (almost a Category 5) and the damage is continuing to be assessed. The storm left the entire island of Cuba without power and it is projected to be one of the costliest storms in US history.

So here we are experiencing two opposite ends of the emotional spectrum all in the same week and all I can think about is a quote by Frederick Buechner:

“Here is the world. Beautiful and terrible things will happen. Don’t be afraid.”

Life is full of wonder, amazement and awe…but it also has devastation, pain and suffering.

It’s hard to reconcile that.

But I think we have the ability to find meaning in all of it. We just have to have the courage to fully engage life whether we are on top of the world, or if we’re deep in a valley.

Buechner challenges us to embrace both sides of the coin, because life can be found in it all.

🌐 Around the Web

Here are a few links, videos, and sites that I came across this week that I thought you might find interesting.

🔗 ‘Extremely Rare’ Rameses II-era burial cave found in Israel

🔗 How James Clear is Writing His Next Book

🔗 How to Disagree With Someone More Powerful Than You

🔗 so you want to be a writer?

🔗 As a young child, Saul Kripke fretted about the existence of God, read all of Shakespeare, and was invited to teach at Harvard