I spotted this gazing ball in a quaint country store two summers ago and had to bring it home. A perfect sphere wrapped in a mosaic swirl of blue, green, and yellow, it instantly suggested to me the beauty and sunlit perfection of Earth. This gazing ball now presides over my echinacea patch, suspended on a tall, wrought iron stand. When it catches my eye in the sunlight or gleams softly in the evening, I’m reminded of a favorite quote by one of my heroes:
Our world hangs like a magnificent jewel in the vastness of space.
Every one of us is a part of that jewel. A facet of that jewel.
And in the perspective of infinity, our differences are infinitesimal.
~Fred Rogers, Commencement Address at Dartmouth College, 2002