I was eating some berries at lunch time – strawberries, raspberries and blueberries.
Stopping to take a closer look…….look at the shape of a star on this blueberry.
Well, it turns out this is pretty standard. All blueberries have this element of their appearance.
Have you noticed that before?
Have you seen that little star there before you pop the berry into your mouth?
Noticing is one of the lessons I’ve learned yet again from this little ordinary, everyday experience, but there’s something else here.
That something else for me is a reminder that we are “all made of star stuff”. From the origins of the universe, the time of the energies before the formation of hydrogen and helium, to the evolution of stars, those great powerhouses of fusion producing the first larger elements, magnesium, lithium, carbon….all the way up the Periodic Table to Iron….to the next great leap – the supernovae. As the supernovae exploded they produced all the other known elements of the universe.
From our Sun, to our Solar System, to our precious, tiny Earth, all emerged from these first elements. That carbon, that oxygen, that hydrogen, all the elements you might find in one little blueberry….it all came from the stars.
As best we know, from the beginning of our planet Earth, not a single new natural element has appeared. All of us, from blueberries, to you and me, are made from those original atoms, created by aeons of fusion and fission, of cycles of combining together, and cycles of blowing apart.
Takes my breath away….
And you know what? The blueberries taste great. I enjoyed combining their star stuff into mine…….