Remember, boys: You are a miraculous scrap of life in the vast, cold Universe

When my middle-school-aged boys get stressed about grades, friends, their futures, a lost object, being late – issues big and small – I remind them of thisTiger swallowtail © Jennifer Leslie fact. I remind myself of this fact when I’m caught up and stressed out! The very fact of a life, any life – a bee, a bear, the Queen, a baby, my neighbor, the most celebrated movie star (why do we worship those anyway?), an ant, a butterfly, a blade of grass – is an amazing, miraculous entity in this vast, cold Universe. Your life, your existence, your thoughts and views, are no more and no less “important” than any other’s. Any scrap of life in this vast, cold Universe is worthy, is a miracle, is “right.”