life is very small and very big at the same time

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‘It takes roughly a trillion collisions between protons to coax on Higgs [particle] into existence, and,once created, the particle hangs around for less than a billionth of a trillionth of a second before changing into other subatomic particles.’*

‘The larger the world we live in, the larger our lives develop in response.’**

It seems to be that it is in the relationship between the small and the large that life exists most fully.

Everything that is exists in relationship to itself and to all things.

From our perspective, every relationship could be better too, but flawed can be more beautiful than perfection.  There’s hope for all of us:

‘All the hero has to do to make the story great is struggle with doubt, face their demons, and muster enough strength to destroy the Death Star.’*

It isn’t beautiful without effort.  The larger the life we live depends on the smaller the life we cultivate – the source of who we are, understanding why we’re here and what we must do, and, of course, in relationship to everyone and everything else.

And just this little thing may have changed you.

(*From Alan Lightman’s The Accidental Universe.)
(**From Eugene Peterson’s Run with the Horses.)
(^ From Donald Miller’s Scary Close.)

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