Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 02/17/2020
An asteroid about three times the size of the Empire State Building shot by the Earth last week, “only” three million miles away. In terms of space, that’s a “near miss.” Oh, yeah, it was travelling 30,000 miles per hour, which is faster than even I drive.
It might have been an “extinction event” had it decided to drop in. We know very little about our chances of survival in a universe we generally fool ourselves about understanding. I’m fond of pointing out that we’re living on a huge rock traveling at 80,000 miles an hour around an exploding star.
Please don’t tell me you don’t have faith.
I learned long ago to live while I’m here, in the moment, not for some future that may or may not eventuate here. I’ve watched too many people hoard money and deny themselves, only to lose it in a scam, or for a health crisis, or through poor choices.
A guy with the hugest scarcity mindset I’ve ever encountered told me once that coach and first class arrived at the same time at the destination. No they don’t. Not actually (since I’m at the hotel two hours before you are) and not spiritually (since I arrive uncrumpled and refreshed). Facts, truths, beliefs, opinions are far too miscible.
The dinosaurs never saw that meteor coming, and they were at the top of the food chain, the T-Rex, the mightiest creature on Earth. If the space junk hadn’t hit the Yucatán, we’d all be reptiles today. We saw this asteroid coming fairly late, and were as powerless to influence its path as were the dinosaurs of the Cretaceous Period.
Have a great day today. There’s absolutely no reason not to. Who knows what happens tomorrow?
There’s a world of difference between facts and truth. Facts can obscure the truth.—Maya Angelou