Sometimes, the world is too much for me, and I have to pull to the side of the road to take it all in.

I’m not kidding; I actually do that. Sometimes, as I look out at whatever part of the world I happen to be in at the time, I’m so amazed at it that I have to stop what I’m doing, step back and appreciate it. And it’s not just one thing; it’s everything.

It’s the wonders of nature - the amazing array of life we have on this planet. The planet itself, once a ball of fire that now sustains that wondrous array. The progress we’ve made as a species. It absolutely awes me sometimes.

I’ve never understood the argument between chaos and creation. It seems to me that they can both be true. And the bottom line is, no matter which is the truth, the Earth is an amazing, fabulous place to be. We are very lucky to be here.

Go to any city and just look at the vast web of roads, the tall buildings, the trees, the sidewalks and take a minute to stop and think how amazing it is that any of it exists at all.

Just think of it…we went from stone knives and bear skins to this. New technology just pours out of our brains. Somehow, we’ve found ways to invent cars and microwave ovens and recliners. We fly miles high in the air in machines that weigh tons and yet, somehow, float.

And who’s to say that all this isn’t beautiful? I think merely its existence is a testament to our little planet that could. There are so many other planets that are bare rocks, either too hot or too cold, too wet or too dry. Planets that support atmospheres of methane and ammonia. I’m so happy I get to be here instead of there, so I can revel in it all.

Take a moment to survey the world around you and be amazed at what you see. Seriously consider how unlikely it is that we should be here at all and then really look at the things you usually take for granted.

Pull to the side of the road and take it all in. Feel free to say, “Wow.”