In 1968, three brave men, astronauts Frank Borman, William Anders, and James Lovell Jr., circumnavigated our Moon. William Anders captured this remarkable photo, "Earthrise," which was published after he returned to Earth.
As they floated above the surface of the Moon in awe, they were the first human beings to actually view the far side of the Moon and the first to see Earth from such a distance. Borman said, "The contrast between the distressed Moon and beautiful blue Earth was remarkable, the Earth was the only thing in the entire Universe that had any color. You could see the white clouds, the brownish pink continents..." And on the 24th of December 1968, they telecast a message worldwide in real-time. Approximately one Billion people received their message simultaneously.
Five decades ago, those three men looked back at Earth, their home, 239,855 miles away and saw a brilliant blue jewel shining in the darkness. That night, a billion people were united. They were not Asian, African, Australian, American, European, Israeli, Iranian, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Muslim or Jew; but rather, for that miraculous moment, they were, the people of Earth. Borman, Anders, and Lovell could see that truth so clearly; no separation, no boundaries, only a whole planet. A beautiful blue sphere, shining alone in the vastness of space.
Last month, people of various religions around the world commemorated Freedom, Light, Love, and Family in the celebrations of Hanukkah, Winter Solstice, Christmas, and Kwanzaa. As we face the coming year, let us stand together in Hope. May we pause to remember what Borman, Anders, and Lovell saw: one whole planet. Let us endeavor to see each other as people of Earth, with more in common, than not. Let us each be that beautiful jewel shining in the darkness. Together We Can Be Hope for tomorrow.
My wish for you in this New Year is: Abundant Blessings,
Peace of Mind and Heart, and Hope for the Future.
With all my love,