Launch the Best You


Time to Launch

Not too long ago, I spoke with an astronaut about what it takes to launch into space. Since I don’t work at NASA and am not a rocket scientist, we were way outside of my comfort zone. He was patient and talked me through the various parts of a successful launch.

It occurred to me, as he was sharing his extensive knowledge, how so many of the elements in a rocket launch are appropriate for launching things right here on planet Earth.


“We are more fulfilled when we are involved in something bigger than ourselves.” -John Glenn

Energy Required

The factor that really interested me was the energy required to launch. We talked about the amount of fuel it takes to propel a rocket into space. I learned that the Space Shuttle had over two million pounds of solid propellant in its boosters.

Two million pounds!

All of this is to fire up the engines, create liftoff, and escape the velocity of the Earth’s atmosphere. The rocket must overcome gravity drag.

What may have been a simple, elementary explanation for a non-scientist crystallized some ideas for me.

If we want to launch something big, it often requires more fuel than we imagine.


“The greater the obstacle, the more glory in overcoming it.” -Moliere


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25 Simple Ways to Celebrate Earth Day

Celebrate Earth Day


“The earth has music for those who listen.”-William Shakespeare


Watching and reading the news can increase our tension and stress. We see so much that fills our mind with worry. We see divides between people, between countries, and between ideas.

But there is far more that brings us together than divides us.

When I interviewed astronaut Ron Garan, I was struck by his orbital perspective. What better way to appreciate our planet than from space? You certainly realize how interdependent we are on each other and on planet Earth.

In our busy lives, it is a challenge to learn to gain perspective. Whether through deep breathing, meditation, prayer, or mindfulness, we all find ways to separate ourselves from the day-to-day stress and refocus on what matters.


Fact: the UN declared April 22 as International Mother Earth Day.


Today is Earth Day. For me, it’s a reminder of the beauty of our planet, of our interconnectedness, of our responsibility to take care of the environment.

And, in honor of Earth Day, here are just a few ways that we can celebrate our planet:


Celebrate Planet Earth


Spend time in nature.

Plant a tree.


“He that plants trees loves others beside himself.”-Thomas Fuller


Eat vegetarian.

Start recycling.

Look for ways to save energy.

Pick up litter.

Say no to plastic bags.


Fact: Each year we throw out enough plastic to circle Earth 4x.


Read more online and reduce printing.

Go off-grid and turn off your electronics.

Get a programmable thermostat.


Fact: the first Earth Day was in 1970.


Fix leaky faucets.

Use rechargeable batteries.

Take a walk outside.


Fact: Walking improves concentration and creativity.


Use a reusable water bottle.

Clean out your garage and donate to local charities.

Opt out of junk mail.


Fact: 100 million trees are destroyed to produce junk mail each year.