Day 88 of The Pollyanna Plan and today is Earth Day. So, what better reason to feel eternally happy and grateful than this:
Day 88, Reason 88: Today I am filled with joy and awe at the wonders of Planet Earth.
When you think about it, our planet really is incredible. It sustains life, it nourishes us, its harmony, beauty and diversity bring us untold joy and happiness.
Today has really put things into perspective for me. So, I didn’t get the best night’s sleep, I’ve been feeling pretty tired all day, and nothing very remarkable has happened. But, since discovering that today is Earth Day, I’ve been marvelling at, and giving thanks to, the Earth. It has shifted my focus and given me cause to feel genuine happiness.
It also got me thinking about all the magnificent places on our planet that I’ve been fortunate enough to have visited. This in turn, has started me day dreaming about travelling and seeing all the wonderful sights of the world I would love to see. I’ve now got more dreams to add to my vision album!
Ultimately, I just feel extremely blessed to be here, living my little life on this beautiful, blue planet, as it spins through the expanse of the Universe.
Whilst doing an internet search for more information about the Earth and Earth Day, I came across this trailer for the programme, Wonders of Life on BBC2, hosted by my hero, Professor Brian Cox. Even though I have watched the programme, I had never seen the trailer or heard the song, rewritten by Eric Idle (and Professor Brian Cox to ensure that all the facts were accurate.)
I love it and it fits perfectly with today’s blog post! It made me grin from ear to ear. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
Galaxy DNA Song
Just remember you’re a tiny little person on a planet
In a universe expanding and immense
That life began evolving and dissolving and resolving
In the deep primordial oceans by the hydrothermal vents
Our earth which had its birth almost five billion years ago
From out of a collapsing cloud of gas
Grew life which was quite new
And eventually led to you
In only three point five billion years or less.
Deoxyribonucleic acid helps us replicate
And randomly mutate from day to day.
We left the seas and climbed the trees
And our biologies
Continued to evolve through DNA.
We’re 98.9 per cent the same as chimpanzees
Whose trees we left three million years ago
To wander swapping genes out of Africa which means
We’re related to everyone we know.
Life is quite strange
Life is quite weird,
Life is really quite odd
Life from a star is far more bizarre,
Than an old bearded bloke they call God
So gaze at the sky, and start asking why
You’re even here on this ball
For though life is fraught
The odds are so short
You’re lucky to be here at all…
Standing on a planet which is spinning round a star
One of just a billion trillion suns
In a Universe that’s ninety billion light years side to side
Wondering where the heck it all came from.
You’ve a tiny little blink of life to try and understand
What on earth is really going on
In biology and chemistry
Which made you you and made me me
But don’t ask me I only wrote the song.
277 days to go
277 reasons to feel glad/happy/joyful to find
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