Thought for the Week

Argyllshire Advertiser - - DISTRICT NEWS - with Mar­i­lyn Shed­den

It was the most per­fect night.

The sky at Dunkeld was dark and clear as we sat by the loch wait­ing to see Jupiter rise close to the moon.

Soon they were both in align­ment and re­flected per­fectly in the still wa­ter.

Our col­lies barked at the moon, ap­par­ently sub­merged deep in the loch.

The air was still and the scent of blos­som lin­gered in the warm night air.

It was beau­ti­ful and the won­ders of the night sky were as amaz­ing as the beau­ties of the day.

Then I was aware of some­thing drift­ing across the heav­ens.

It was too slow for a plane and too de­lib­er­ate for a shoot­ing star.

It was then we re­alised it was the In­ter­na­tional Space Sta­tion.

This amaz­ing lab­o­ra­tory in the sky was right above us and seemed at home in the depth of the uni­verse.

We watched it un­til it dis­ap­peared over the hills and we won­dered what life was like for the three as­tro­nauts on board.

What did Earth look like from the crew’s per­spec­tive?

Ev­i­dently our planet is very beau­ti­ful when viewed from space.

I won­der if they can see the scars on our planet?

Can they can see the war-rav­aged land­scapes, the refugees adrift on oceans of hope­less­ness, the bor­ders built with bricks and barbed wire?

I won­der if they can see the places un­tar­nished by hu­man be­ings, the places where the an­i­mals still live at peace, where some eth­nic peo­ple just live life and don’t worry about pos­ses­sions or power or ku­dos, where beauty has the last word.

The space sta­tion noise­lessly left us to savour the tan­gi­ble peace of the mo­ment. If only the world could feel that peace – and live it.

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