The miracle of life is that we are here.
Do you know how many circumstances needed to take place for this universe to create a being like you and me? Science can explain a lot. Yet, science cannot explain it all. Faith picks up from there.
You see, the miraculous part of life is that the same elements that create us are also that create the stars and everything else in this universe. We are quite literally the universe within itself. You are special and unique and just as beautiful as the universe we live in.
Awhile back I read an commentary from Ann Druyen. She and Carl Sagan were together for twenty years before Sagan's death. When she was asked about Sagan's faith and her faith was in question, she had a response that was beautifully eloquent and something we need to remember. She said:
"Every single moment that we were alive and we were together was miraculous-- not miraculous in the sense of inexplicable or supernatural. We knew we were beneficiaries of chance... That pure chance could be so generous and so kind... That we could find each other... In the vastness of space and the immensity of time. That we could be together for twenty years. That is something which sustains me and is much more meaningful."
I understand we all have different beliefs and this isn't something I'm trying to persuade you to believe in one way or another. However, there is an undeniable truth here that can not go unrecognized. Our beings are miracles.
The mere fact that I have the opportunity to stand beside you and exist in the same time and place in the universe is so sublime.
I was recently asked where I'd like to travel to most, and as I am an avid explorer and traveler, this is a question I constantly debate. The list of places I'd like to visit is long, but what I've begun to learn is that my experiences visiting these places would be much more meaningful when given the opportunity to witness them with a companion by my side.
I've literally stood at the tops of mountains with the people I love and, I am telling you, it made all the difference. The view from the top is amazing, but what was more incredible is that I was given an opportunity to stand beside someone I genuinely loved and witness this beautiful thing that lie ahead of us.
We are beneficiaries of chance. Let us not forget this. Nothing in this life is without meaning or depth.
Good, bad, beautiful, and ugly: I'm thankful to have had the opportunity to share these moments with you.
"I have no special talent.