50 years ago, on Apollo 11, three astronauts went on an AWEmazing journey. Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong went to the surface of the moon while Mike Collins stayed in the command module 60 miles away. After the Eagle landed, and as he left footprints in the moon dust, Neil Armstrong said, “one giant leap for mankind”.
They planted the flag and left a plaque that read, “Here men from the planet Earth first set foot upon the moon. July 1969 A.D. We came in peace for all mankind.”
On a jaw-dropping recording by Google (here), Apollo 11 Astronaut, Mike Collins, beautifully shares that upon returning to earth, everyone, everywhere around the world was saying, “We. We did it. We, you and me. We, the inhabitants of this wonderful earth. We did it.”
Their liftoff was on July 16, 1969. On July 20, 1969, man went to the surface of the moon for the first time in history. All three returned to earth safely on July 26, 1969, landing in the Pacific Ocean. A 10 day miraculous event, accomplished by over 400,000 people with technology less than what we have in our smart phones. An event celebrated world wide. An event that unified the world. For a moment, we got it. For a moment, we knew. We are One.
Today we can all ask “What are the footprints I am leaving as I pass through my human existence? Could I possibly make any leaps for humankind? Are my efforts at love, forgiveness, and compassion leaving a trail for others toward greater awareness?” Words to contemplate. Words to live by. (from the Daily Word, July 20, 2019)
We landed on the moon in 1969. Today, private enterprises offer hope for future space travel, yet there still is no Planet B.
So we can all also ask, “What are we doing to honor our home, Mother Earth?” “What are we doing to make life – for all animals and plants – sustainable?” “What are we doing to make things better?”
“Leave no Trace” isn’t just a slogan – it should be a way of life, taught to all generations. “Carry In, Carry Out.” “Do no harm.” All words to live by, 24/7.
Love each other.
WE did it once.
WE can do it again.
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