The earth rotates on its axis more than 1,000 miles an hour at the equator. At the same time we orbit our sun at 67,062 miles per hour (18.5 miles per second). The Sun and the Earth move at about 43,000 miles per hour roughly in the direction of the bright star Vega. It is amazing to me that we live on a planet almost 93 million miles from the sun and orbit in the exact perfect position to support life.

The equator is a mere 4,000 miles closer to the sun than the South Pole. If the sun were 4,000 miles closer or further it would be a dry and desolate planet or a frozen planet without vegetation. We are 93 Million miles apart – such a great distance, yet precisely and absolutely perfect.

We live in a world filled with turmoil. Natural disasters, human created disasters, poverty, hunger, strife, and war surround us. However, there is a beauty and splendor about our planet that is simply amazing, astounding, and breath-taking. Take the time to appreciate what surrounds you. You can choose to focus on the negative aspects of life, or you can choose to be effected by the staggering beauty of our world. It feels so much better to let the marvels of the planet bath us in the feelings of happiness and serenity. Why wouldn’t you choose to feel that way all the time?

Photo courtesy Christopher McCarthy's iPhone

Photo courtesy Christopher McCarthy’s iPhone

On the way home, I stopped the car, walked outside, and captured this scene at the end of our street. Take the time to touch the pause button just a few times each day. It’s so much better than the alternative.

All the best to you and Happy New Year.