When you look at an ant, busily scrambling along, toing and froing back and forth, industriously doing whatever it needs to do to make its living, you notice just how small it is.
In noticing just how small the ant is, it makes you realise just how big you / we are in comparison.
Then, think of the size of our wonderful planet, Earth. That makes us seem miniscule compared to the world, and the ant, well, ultra-miniscule.
Now, expand out a little.
Think how long it took that little Mars Rover to get to Mars, which is the next planet along. Think of Jupiter, the biggest planet in our Solar System. Jupiter has a great red spot, which is as big as the Earth in circumference… in fact, Jupiter’s diameter is eleven Earths wide, its volume equivalent to 1,321 Earths. That’s big in itself.
Then think of the size of the galaxy. The Milky Way. The swirling mass of stars and other solar systems which all occupy their own part of space and time, toing and froing just as our little industrious ant.
From Earth, looking out into the Milky Way, we can see the constellations Sagittarius and Scorpio. Zodiac signs, coincidentally, that are next to each other – and from our perspective close to the centre of the galaxy.
Between the two signs is the very centre of the Galaxy itself. Sagittarius A. And within Sagittarius A, is Sagittarius A-Star, home to a black hole.
Black Holes, apparently, swallow up any and all dust clouds, suns and planets around them, and what happens to them after that is anyone’s guess! But, with there being one at the centre of the galaxy, just how far away is it from the next celestial body it will swallow up? And thinking about the millennia that the galaxy has been here, there must be some extremely vast distances involved indeed between each individual object.
Just to expand even a little further, there are many other galaxies out there as well – all with their own black holes in the centre – and some of them have probably been around a lot longer than the Milky Way has.
So that’s big.
Compare the size of the ant to the size of the galaxy. Both has its own job to do in its own space and its own time.
That’s a way to put problems into perspective. Nothing would ever be that big… even if it feels like it at the time.
All we can do is our best with our toing and froing with the time we have to do it in. We may as well feel good whilst we’re doing it.
No matter the size of our egos, we’re all the same size compared to the size of the Universe. Specks on a speck. Specks on a great speck, if you don’t mind. We may as well be great specks on a great speck… we can do it! After all, in all of that space, is anybody watching?