U is for Universe

Tao Te Ching Chapter 5 Quote

Today, it’s all about the Universe.

What’s more? Nothing! The Universe captures all that is or ever will be, just like the Tao. Nature, as defined by Merriam-Webster is “the physical world and everything in it (such as plants, animals, mountains, oceans, stars, etc.) that is not made by people.” While it seems like nature is relegated purely to the Earth’s atmosphere, I would differ on that notion.

Mankind has always felt in control of the planet, but the truth is that one big catastrophe could just wipe us out at any moment: a fire could ravage our community and kill our neighbors; an asteroid could come near the planet and cause a magnetic wave that wipes out our Internet; a typhoon could kill thousands without warning; a tornado could take our home.

The truth is, we are not in control and there is a lot out there that we don’t know, including what happens after we die. If you read my post on Deep Space, you know that we have barely scratched the surface of outer space exploration, unlike our imaginary space worlds in the movies.

Then there’s our inner universe, the human body. There is so much we don’t know about that as well. Mankind has tried to figure it out, but there is still so much yet to know. Lao Tzu knew this thousands of years ago when he wrote the Tao Te Ching. This little book teaches us a way of dealing with the larger unknowns of life. We can know that we don’t know and be OK with it. We can look at the areas of our own mystery, not with fear, but instead with wonder. What ELSE don’t I know? It is my mission in life to find out.

I got my hair cut the other day and I said to Jeri, my hairdresser, that I wanted something new. She said that I am always doing new things and always learning and she laughed. Aren’t we all doing that? Isn’t that what life is about?

Please take a moment and tell us in the comments what you are learning about. What little slice of nature is your area of study?

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This post is part of a series called the A to Z Blogging Challenge, taking place during the month of April 2016. Each day is a new letter throughout the month. My theme this month is NATURE. To view other bloggers writing about this alphabet, check out the list here.  

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The list so far…

A is for Aspen
B is for BreathB is for Butterfly
C is for Consciousness
D is for Deep Space
E is for Earth
F is for Fire
G is for Garden Gnomes
H is for Heaven
I is for Inequality
J is for Jade
K is for Kissing
L is for Light
M is for Milky Way
N is for Native
O is for Octopus
P is for Pollution
Q is for Quiet
R is for Rocks
S is for Solitude
T is for Trails



  1. I love that Lao Tzu quote. And I love your curious nature. There IS so much to explore and experience and delight in! Right now I’m deepening my plant studies and learning more about trees. And it all makes me very happy.
    Deborah Weber recently posted…Manifesto: U is for…My Profile

  2. We are all learning every day, whether we realize it or not. Every time I try something new, and I try to do this as often as possible, my understanding and experience level grow. Being curious is a wonderful and exciting thing! 🙂

    I love you U for Universe. It is all-encompassing and majestic!

    Liesbet @ Roaming About – A Life Less Ordinary
    Liesbet recently posted…U is for UniqueMy Profile

  3. We all learn new things everyday. Today I learned that someone calling me a name doesn’t bother me, especially when I don’t respect the someone in question.
    Liz A. recently posted…Under YarnMy Profile

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