Several recent discoveries perked my ears this week, gave me pause, and made me think of a blog on patience and perspective.
First, scientists discovered a 3-inch worm from roughly 500 million years ago. It was covered in spikes with legs and claws in what is now China. Researchers believe the worm was unable to efficiently walk along the murky ocean and instead hooked itself to hard surfaces and used its legs to capture food.
Next, back in the present day a system of cranial cleansing channels, also known as the brain drain, was discovered. This system flushes away the buildup of proteins associated with Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s and other neurodegenerative disorders.
Wow! Discoveries like these reinforce my awe of how very long life has been evolving, and that I am a result of a very grand process that has resulted in brilliant intricacies of the human body.
This knowledge helps me quiet my impatience and anxiety. Armed with this science, I work to remind myself of the ephemeral nature of much of what I do every day.
I say “look up, make eye contact, and smile!”, because it’s all just so truly amazing.