Tend to the Garden You Can Touch
This small oasis is where real and lasting change is born
As you stare into the cosmos and its sparkling occupants, it’s typical for a sense of awe to sweep over your consciousness.
Each star is a bright reminder that you are just one tiny cell in this vast, expanding cosmos, and your cells themselves are made up of the very atoms in those stars above.
The thought that you are a small collection of stardust within this vast universe can be a comforting one.
It can remind you that all your struggles, doubts, and fears are inconsequential in the eyes of the cosmos, and in the grand scheme of things, your existence is a mere speck in its timeline. So it’s okay to take a deep breath, relax the illusion of control over life, and just enjoy the experience while you can.
However, sometimes the message isn’t so comforting.
Sometimes the vastness of the cosmos can make you feel so small, so minuscule, and ultimately… insignificant.
It can introduce the feeling of meaninglessness—that no matter what you do in this lifetime, it won’t matter because Earth itself is just one small speck in this massive universe as well. In the end, the universe will keep doing its thing, with or without your role in it.
But here’s the thing. We can’t answer the questions of meaning and purpose through the immense lens of the cosmos. Those could only be answered under the guise of personal experience, which is grown in the meaningful moments that happen close to home.
Our culture pushes us to change the world by moving mountains.