That’s No Moon – Change the Scale and Change Your Perspective

If I had a dollar for each time someone said “Wow Jo! You are so cool!” to me, I would have a dollar. (Thanks for the $1 Mom!) Alas, I am the reigning queen of the local nerd herd.

Being fully committed to the #nerd4lyf way of living, I was embarrassingly jazzed to discover a set of Death Star ice cube molds for sale. (That’s a “Star Wars” thing for all of you cool people.) In my mind, they were going to be a fun little extra Christmas present for my husband (who also happens to be a serious geek). In reality, I was so excited when they arrived that I – errr I mean we opened the box up right then and there. We have had baseball-sized Death Stars floating around in our Yetis since that day.

One of my greatest joys is annoying my husband whenever possible by asking him questions that I genuinely want to know the answer to but also fully recognize that neither of us is qualified to answer. I can tell that he loves this habit of mine by the way he cups his hands together and stares intensely at them (he used to add the words “let me look into my crystal ball” whenever he did this, but he’s said that so often in response to my innumerable unanswerable inquiries over the years that it is now implied in the gesture).

So in true Joanna fashion, I started formulating an experiment in my head this weekend and felt the need to ask him what he thought would happen if we froze the molds in different freezers. He responded immediately with crystal ball hands / annoying gaze. Not to be defeated by his sarcastic and scientifically unsupportive paws, I cleverly retorted with an eye roll and nabbed his early Christmas presents so I could refill them once more. Experiment underway!

A few days later, I remembered my – ahem – his new ice molds in the freezers. I popped one of the frozen globes out of the mold and into my glass. Immediately I found myself in awe of the spherical wonder bobbing around my glass.

It was spectacular. Naturally I felt the need to ask my husband why it looked that way. He took Crystalline Ice Formations 101 in grad school in between his accounting and finance classes, so naturally it made sense to ask him this. He must have been somewhat impressed as well because he never busted out the crystal ball mits, but less surprisingly, he didn’t have a solid answer either. I took close up pictures and asked my kids to guess what they thought that it was. I have since asked the same of my friends on Facebook. Only one person has nailed the answer on the first try. The pictures I have shared have been close-ups, so it’s not obvious at a glance.

An ice cube. So ordinary and simple from a distance. But when you get closer, you can see that it is actually extremely intricate and beautiful.

These small frozen spheres are beautiful reflections of the intricacy of those around you. When you first see them, you may be amused. You may be bored. You may not give them any thought at all. They are just there. Ultimately they seem rather inconsequential in the mass scale of all things.

However when you look closer, you get a fantastically different perspective. You find something stunning and incredible. Something unexpectedly beautiful. Look deeper at those around you. Search for the spectacular parts that may not be evident at first glance.

Despite the surface that we see, these incredible intricacies can be found within each of us. Search for the cool within the nerdy, the uncommon in the common, and the beauty within the plain. Find the magic in the mundane. We often miss the details, and we fail to see the incredible art of the design until we look closer. Take a moment and gain a different perspective. You may find wonder in the most unexpected of places.

Love and light always – Joanna


48 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. wakinguponthewrongsideof50
    Oct 17, 2017 @ 22:44:59

    Perfect as always! You always find the beauty in everything!!


  2. José María López
    Oct 17, 2017 @ 23:38:36

    Have you read “Hidden messages in water”?Your pictures reminded me of that book.


    • MoJo
      Oct 18, 2017 @ 05:48:29

      I haven’t! I’ll have to look into that. 😊


    • MoJo
      Oct 18, 2017 @ 06:05:53

      I just looked that up based on another comment that just came in, and while I haven’t read the book, I do remember the study! That actually inspired another (totally unnerdy and very cool) experiment that I did years ago. I’ll have to run that one again for grins just so I can share it. It was fascinating.


      • José María López
        Oct 18, 2017 @ 09:14:31

        It´s funny because just yesterday I read a Coaching book and found this quote: “There are times when I look over the various parts of my character with perplexity. I recognize that I am made up of several persons and that the person that at that moment has the upper hand will inevitably give place to another.” Somerset Maugham.
        So, you have your business personality, your writer personality, you mom personality and now your scientific one is revealed. I wonder how many hundreds more there are 😉

      • MoJo
        Oct 18, 2017 @ 09:23:10

        Don’t forget my caffeine free mega b&$#! personality! 😂 That sounds like a great read. You are incredible!

      • José María López
        Oct 18, 2017 @ 09:35:47

        Jaja. I will add it to the huuuuuge list.

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  4. foodzesty
    Oct 18, 2017 @ 00:46:02

    Nice ending to this post and I’m a Star Trekkie 🙂


  5. Tracy
    Oct 18, 2017 @ 01:49:35

    I love your mind, Jo. 🙂 X


  6. joyfullyrenewed
    Oct 18, 2017 @ 05:47:15

    Those are AWESOME! I would ask where you found these little gems, but I think I know. I’m putting this on my Christmas list (for me). Loved this post, but the way ❤️


  7. illustratingrainblog
    Oct 18, 2017 @ 06:02:48

    That’s amazing 😉 reminded me of the work of Masaru Emoto 🌟


    • MoJo
      Oct 18, 2017 @ 06:08:48

      I remember hearing about the ice crystals years ago. I did an experiment at home with plants and the results were wild. It was one of my earlier post chains, and it was incredible. I deleted most of my old posts, but I kept that one so I could see it. I’ll have to share it again though because it is amazing. Masaru Emoto did some incredible work! I love that you appreciated his study, too. ❤️


  8. E
    Oct 18, 2017 @ 06:40:46

    As others have said I thought of Masaru Emoto too. Beautiful. Also I want to be in nerd herd 😉


    • MoJo
      Oct 18, 2017 @ 07:05:56

      Well the good news is that we aren’t a very picky group. The even better news is that you definitely would have been accepted even if we were! 😘


  9. Heidi
    Oct 18, 2017 @ 07:02:40

    Love this one my nerdy friend. You are absolutely perfect to me.


  10. misifusa
    Oct 18, 2017 @ 07:28:31

    Beautiful post my friend. You are the coolest gal I know and I am grateful for our connection xo


  11. James J. Cudney IV
    Oct 18, 2017 @ 07:37:14

    Loved the post. But I have to say… you’d have way more than a $1.


  12. Writer Lori
    Oct 18, 2017 @ 08:05:43

    This is so very cool, Jo! And funnily enough, yesterday I found myself scrutinizing a maple leaf in much the same way…the small variations in color on a single leaf, the veins, the outline, a microcosm of autumn’s splendor. I. Was. Enthralled. The magic in the mundane, indeed. Thanks for the nudge, pretty lady…


  13. larva225
    Oct 18, 2017 @ 08:27:37

    Once upon a time I had Star Destroyer ice molds (and some brains), but got rid of them because I never used them. My freezer is too full to allow novelty ice, I’m afraid.


    • MoJo
      Oct 18, 2017 @ 09:21:48

      There is always room for Jell-O, and there is always room for star destroyer molds. The good news is that salads are optional. 😘


  14. mainepaperpusher
    Oct 18, 2017 @ 20:25:09

    Wow, that is very umm the opposite of uncool! It’s been a long time since I’ve looked at ice up close and I think your umm his molds make really not uncool ice balls. Nice allegory, too! ❤️


  15. I tripped over a stone.
    Oct 20, 2017 @ 12:12:08

    Very cool ice mold, can I buy one? and very nice message! great way to start out the weekend! ~Kim


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