22 January 2012

To The Edge Of The Universe

Working for a non-profit organization several years ago, I found myself managing various projects, people and departments simultaneously. Trying to juggle the many different responsibilities sometimes left me feeling stressed out.

Fortunately someone shared with me a secret for dealing with those moments of utter and complete overwhelm: "Project yourself 20 years into the future", he said, "and then look back on this present time from out there. Now from this perspective, do the anxieties and troubles and stress really seem that important?"

And of course they never were.

Or as someone else suggested, with a blunt eloquence that cut to the chase rather effectively: "When you're lying on your deathbed, what are you going to be thinking about — the times you felt stress at work?"

All this came to mind today when I flipped on the computer and found an email from a friend living in Switzerland; Herbert delights in anything that triggers an expansion of consciousness.

When you watch this short video clip, you'll see that it isn't so much about projecting yourself 20 or 50 or even 100 years into the future; we're actually traveling back in time, all the way to edge of the physical universe as we know it today.

But the effect is exactly the same, if not more potent.

If these images were a deathbed question then, it would all seem a bit too extreme, too mystifying for the mind to comprehend.  But then again, maybe that would be the whole point.

Why not click on the arrow to "Play", and judge for yourself.

(from: www.liveleak.com)


Jenny said...

Fantastic Alex! A shame though that small as we may be, we're damaging this miraculous planet called Earth...

Alex Quici said...

Hi Jenny, glad to see you stopped by, and thanks for your comment.

I love the feeling this video gives of "riding to the heart of the universe", but when we get back to earth I think "why would I ever want to be anywhere else?" For me it's a profound reminder that now is the time for us to take responsibility for the planet.