Days of Remembrance

The latter part of January and early February is potent: it is a time that we reflect upon and honor the fallen crews of Apollo 1, Challenger, and Columbia, and all those who have lost their lives in the cause of exploration. During these days of remembrance, I would like to encourage us all to reflect upon our space heroes while listening to the music of “Columbia: We Dare to Dream.”

Columbia astronauts head for the van

STS-107 crew heading for the astrovan. photo credit: NASA

This music is all about THEM, and their accomplishments and hopes and dreams. But it is also about OUR hopes and dreams. It is about us setting our sails and leaving those safe ports for the good of mankind. And it is about those very great things of the heavens, those things that brought all of us here together in the first place.

Music has power. It can change a day–and a life. It can direct our attention towards something that is hard to put a finger on, but something that is bigger and nobler than words could ever say. And sometimes music can show us the way.

So let’s take a few minutes to stop and reflect and LISTEN. Our space heroes gave us their lives–let’s pause and give them some minutes. Let’s try to *hear* them, their hearts, the ones who flew for us. Then we can go on with our busy day, but we will be changed–a blessing from our heroes, if you will. Our days can be filled with renewed purpose and dedication and light, because we stopped to listen to their souls, because we chose to emulate them, walk in tribute to them.

(c) 2011 Anne Cabrera

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