Cold Soup Lesson
Or 5 Reasons Not to Complain When Your Soup Gets Cold
A frisky cold, blowing afternoon slammed the door behind me as I entered the small cafe.
I’d imagined the warmth of hot soup on my lips. Sadly, at my first sip, I found my soup … was cold.
My temper rose, I sighed, defiant; ready to raise my voice and complain, hoping everyone would hear.
Then it hit me:
- But here I am. Sitting on a bit of Earth at 30° North, which means I am spinning West to East at the rate of about 860 mph. (At the equator this would be 1,000 miles per hour – the rotation of Earth.)
- Earth moves through its orbit around the sun at about 67,000 miles per hour.
- The Sun is catapulting forward toward the Star Vega, at 43,000 miles per hour with out entire solar system in its wake!
- Meanwhile, our Galaxy spins around the Milky Way at a blinding speed of 514,000 miles per hour.
- Our galaxy rushes through the universe at a speed of more than 1 million miles per hour!So, as I sat before my cold soup, in fact, I was spiraling forward in five different directions at once, at a speed of maybe two and a half million miles per hour! With that reflection, At that point I was feely cheery that I was even standing –and I had to laugh at my complaint and accept my lesson. After all, what’s a bit of cold soup when you’re flying through space?