For many work does not start and stop at appointed times in the day. Strategies, tactics and actions are often ever present. Alongside all the doing the feelings and emotions work creates are ever present. Our concerns and anxieties, real or imagined, come splashing in our mind and can feel as impossible to control as the weather.
That puddle has splashed me again.
It is a puddle that is unconnected to rain.
It is on my way to work and I pass it every day.
At least once a week I am wet, it just happens that way.
This malicious pool of greasy water.
Just does not act as I perceive it ought too.
Eventually I recognised this is something strange.
It is both annoying and repetitive, surely I am deranged.
Is it planning to trap me, splash me?
Or to force me to skirt round it, with glee.
Is it there to test me, to challenge my very being?
Both evil and bewitched, it must be worryingly all seeing.
Am I confused, is this a metaphor?
For what waits for me outside my front door.
And are my concerns just a damp patch after all?
Is the reality, actually, that this puddle is really quite small?
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The image: The arrangement of the spiral arms in the galaxy Messier 63, seen in this image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, recall the pattern at the of a sunflower. So the nickname for this cosmic object — the Sunflower Galaxy — is no coincidence.
Discovered by Pierre Mechain in 1779, the galaxy later made it as the 63rd entry into fellow French astronomer Charles Messier’s famous catalogue, published in 1781. The two astronomers spotted the Sunflower Galaxy’s glow in the small, northern constellation Canes Venatici (the Hunting Dogs). We now know this galaxy is about 27 million light-years away and belongs to the M51 Group — a group of galaxies, named after its brightest member, Messier 51, another spiral-shaped galaxy dubbed the Whirlpool Galaxy.
Galactic arms, sunflowers and whirlpools are only a few examples of nature’s apparent preference for spirals. For galaxies like Messier 63 the winding arms shine bright because of the presence of recently formed, blue–white giant stars and clusters, readily seen in this Hubble image.
Image credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA
Text credit: European Space Agency