GRATEFUL GIRL'S THOUGHT FOR THE DAY The eclipse is coming! The eclipse is coming! Do you have your glasses? Have you scouted out your location? Are you going to be able to take a break from work...class...life...to step outside and see...
Um, nighttime. Dusk. Darkness.
Man, I get it already. #Eclipse2017 is a big deal. But sheesh, there's no need to freak out, people.
Truth be told, I'm probably just a little bitter because I tried too late to locate three pairs of eclipse glasses for my immediate family and planned indoor activities for this afternoon many moons ago, not realizing the signficance of this date. Hmpf.
Sure, I would have liked to have gone into the "path of totality" to view the eclipse. Yeah, I wish I'd have begun my search for NASA-approved safety glasses sooner. And yes, I know that watching it live on TV, even on The Weather Channel, isn't the same as seeing the eclipse live in person.
But here's the thing: sometimes we humans focus too much on the darkness. Worse, we often let that darkness pull us into behavior that may seem thrilling and fun in the moment but that we know is wrong and will definitely hurt us in the end.
So, enjoy this anomaly. Revel in the rarity and beauty of today's spectacle. But do it responsibly, safely and respectfully with regard to the other humans. Most of all, don't lose sight of the fact that the eclipse, like life itself, is a blessing. #saythanks
Mt 5:3 R. Alleluia, alleluia. Blessed are the poor in spirit; for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven. Gospel Mt 19:16-22 A young man approached Jesus and said, "Teacher, what good must I do to gain eternal life?" ... Jesus said to him, "If you wish to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me." When the young man heard this statement, he went away sad, for he had many possessions.