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Understanding Your Place in the Universe

The following is adapted from The Standout Experience.

Approximately 66 million years ago, three-quarters of the plant and animal species on Earth were wiped out of existence.

It is theorized that an asteroid impact may have been the cause of this mass extinction, a single rock ending life for millions of creatures.

On the other end of the spectrum, our sun has created an environment that supports more than 8 million different species.  

In the universe, there are destructive entities like asteroids and positive entities like our sun, as well as neutral masses that have relatively little impact. 

In this way, the universe is a great teacher of life. As individuals, we can emulate what we see in the cosmos. We can be destructive asteroids, or positive suns, or neutral masses. 

In a symbolic view of the universe, what kind of celestial object are you?

Destructive Entities

Some people go through life as destructive entities, like asteroids and black holes.

The symbolic asteroids of the world drift aimlessly through life for years and often collide with others, not caring about the damage they cause. They don’t have a clear direction in their life and ultimately live out their existence in endless movement without purpose or meaning.

The black holes are more destructive and spend their life sucking everything into their own existence. Everything is about them. In a black hole, there is no sense of contribution; only a cosmic force that takes anything it can for its own personal gain. There is never enough energy or matter to fill the black hole and they eventually die out with nothing to show for it.

People who act as destructive entities may do so consciously or unconsciously, but in either case, they are responsible for their actions and the negative effects they have.

Neutral Masses

Others live as neutral masses, like moons.

These people live within the universe orbiting others but never fully realizing their potential as a life-generating and sustaining planet. They serve a purpose for others, but their pull and gravitational field provides planets with benefits that aren’t known or appreciated.

Being a neutral mass is preferable to being a destructive entity, but it is ultimately an unfulfilling existence.

Positive Entities

The final type of person is a positive entity, putting goodness and life into the world. There are three types of positive entities.

The first are shooting stars. These people stand out and they have a brilliance about them, but it’s only for a very brief moment. They have fifteen minutes of fame, which takes place like a brilliant flash of light that others admire. Many people see a shooting star and cast their own wishes for a moment of brilliance and light. However, shooting stars vanish into time and space as quickly as they appear for the world to wish upon.

Next are the life-sustaining planets. These people have a warm, friendly core and are capable of sustaining life. They’re beautiful and happy in their own way, but they don’t necessarily stand out. Their existence depends on the energy of others. These people use that energy for their own beauty to promote and sustain life. While not spectacular, they do serve a specific purpose and are the foundation of life in an otherwise vast and dark universe.

Finally, there is the sun. This is what we all should aspire to become. People who are like the sun constantly stand out. Their circles of life come together to generate a radiating positive energy from their core. They shine across the darkness of space and give life to others. People want to be around the sun for their light, their warmth, and the energy they provide.

The Connectedness of the Universe

Humanity is part of a collective energy that flows throughout the universe.

We’re all moving through the cosmos at various speeds and in various directions, but we’re all part of something much bigger than ourselves as well.

When we are destructive, it is not just others we harm but the world as a whole and thus ourselves. When we are neutral masses, we fail to meet our potential, and so too does the universe at large fail to be as beautiful as it could be.

Each day, you have the ability, opportunity, and responsibility to rise and set like the sun, glow from the inside out, shine your beautiful rays of light on others, and leave the world a little better than it was the day before.

The choice is entirely yours about who you want to be: destructive asteroid or black hole, neutral moon, or shining sun.

For more advice on having a positive impact on the world, you can find The Standout Experience on Amazon.

John Walsh is an inspirational and successful executive, entrepreneur, author, husband and dad with a passion for impacting the lives of others. John faced many challenges, uncertainty and failures early in his life but he created a purposeful and happy life with a lot of hard work and help from others. Over time, he created a playbook that allowed him to make the journey from homeless in high school to a senior executive with Disney and Madison Square Garden. He is also the founder and CEO of a company whose mission is to inspire and help millions of young adults stand out in their own lives and careers.