How many gifts of nature have you passed by without even looking? But look at your garden, how everything shines and sparkles. As you contemplate it, the beauty and splendour grows on you, the silence and peace take a hold of you. Involuntarily, you cast your eyes up to the sky, the Milky Way with its millions and millions of solar systems – what a tremendous, silent, quiet wonder! In fact, have you ever wondered how long the twinkling stars have already been in their places? For millions, or billions, of years they have been shining in silent peacefulness. What are you in comparison? Your life has gone on undc their light for twenty, thirty, forty or fifty years, yet you have never before seen them so beautifully still, so remote but so majestic. Slowly you begin to meditate on the meaning of life, wondering whether you actually fulfil its purpose, or even whether you know and understand what that purpose is. Perhaps hitherto you have merely let the noisy current of the modern world propel you along.