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Rule of Happiness #17 – Zoom Out and Don’t Sweat It – Belated July 29 Inspiration


Zoom out. Get the big picture. I think so many times in life, we get overwhelmed with our current circumstances. They seem larger than they really are, as if they are magnified or we have ‘zoomed in’ and the existing circumstances are all we can see. We lose peripheral vision and acquire the proverbial condition of not being able to see the forest because all we can see are the individual trees.


I guess another analogy would be pieces of a puzzle, or, for quilters out there, pieces of fabric cut out for a quilt. You need all the pieces to make the whole puzzle or quilt, but you need to ‘zoom out’ and look at the picture of the finished puzzle or quilt to fully appreciate it. Problems and priorities are like that, too, with problems being just some of the pieces of our lives, while priorities such as our families and friends are those we should really focus on and appreciate (hence the day late post).



On Fridays this month, I’ve been participating in the  Facebook blogging challenge with the Power Affiliate Club (PAC) Blogging Carnival. The topic for this final Friday in July (this unusual month with 5 Fridays, 5 Saturdays, and 5 Sundays!) addresses these ideas: “Developing alliances and friendships with other bloggers, being honest in your dealings and information and providing real, honest value to your readers.

This Rule of Happiness for Friday again seems to fit right in, as feedback and comments throughout this series indicate fellow bloggers and readers alike have found value in these excerpts from Karl Moore’s Rules of Happiness. Today’s topic addresses the concept of looking at the big picture, recognizing priorities, and spending time with those who matter because life is much too short. Encouragement and positive words definitely facilitate the ability to grow and fulfill our potential.

As fellow PAC blogger Lesly said, once you discover the “power of encouraging words,” you will likely also discover an increase in productivity and more motivation to fulfill your potential. Lesly went on to say,”Surrounding yourself with people who really support and believe in you is vital.


So we’re nearly done with Karl Moore’s Rules of Happiness – only 2 left to complete them, and only 1 after  this post! Remember, I’ve only shared excerpts – his book (available in digital form at Amazon for only 99 cents!) has longer entries for each “rule.” No affiliate links here, remember – just a good book I thought was worth sharing!


Here are rules #1 to #16, for those who haven’t read them all or for anyone who wants to refer back to them:

Rule #1: Stop Feeling Sorry for Yourself

Rule #2: Be Grateful

Rule #3: Say Yes More

Rule # 4: Follow Your Bliss

Rule #5: Learn to Let Go

Rule #6: Do Random Acts of Kindness

Rule #7: Enjoy Happiness NOW

Rule #8: Invest in Experiences NOT Hoarding Possessions

Rule #9: Appreciate BOTH Sides of the Coin

Rule #10: Be More Social

Rule #11: Love More

Rule #12: Pursue a Dream 

Rule #13: Set Direction with Intention

Rule #14: Enjoy Simple Pleasures

Rule #15: Accept What Is

Rule #16: Exercise and Eat Well


So for what was scheduled for Friday, here is the next to last rule…

Rule #17 – Zoom Out and Don’t Sweat It!


You never, ever know what is around the corner.

So, try regularly ‘zooming out’ of your current picture, and realizing the true priorities in your life.

If you can, do it every day – particularly when you return home from work.

Then kick back your shoes, and enjoy some quality time with family and friends.

Life is short.”  –Karl Moore

If you do not raise your eyes,

you will think that you are the highest point.

-– Antonio Porchia


My reflections:


This is another one that is really relevant for me right now, as I’m  trying not to get too stuck in the rut  (zoomed in) on individual issues, but rather look at the big picture (zoom OUT) and overall purpose.


I especially like the closing quote! So much truth: “If you do not raise your eyes, you will think that you are the highest point.”


So what are YOUR thoughts?

Do you find it easy or difficult to look at the big picture?

What do you think about this rule to “zoom out” for a better overall perspective on your path to lasting happiness?



My bliss:  quiltmaking and snuggling kittens!


Our little Loki, snuggled into the back of a quilt I made, while I was trying to take a picture of it!
Our little Loki, snuggled into the back of a quilt I made, while I was trying to take a picture of it!



  1. Barrie Evans

    Too many of us often get into the situation of not being able to see the wood for the trees. I love the way you encourage us to step back and look at things fully.
    Thanks for this inspiration Karen.

    31 . Jul . 2016
  2. Lesly T. Federici

    Zooming out is a great skill to develop. Seeing the big picture helps you to uncover new things, clues, solutions, to whatever you’re working on. I use this often when creating a course. Thank you for the shout out.. appreciate it. You have done an amazing job here writing about these rules of happiness. They’ve been heartwarming to read. They make a difference – you make a difference… much love to you ..

    01 . Aug . 2016
  3. Deborah A. Ten Brink

    I think zooming out to get a new perspective is a very healthy and good habit to get into.

    It is so true that if we look too closely, we cannot see the big picture. I have always been one to be able to do so and consider it a gift. One I am thankful for!

    Great job!


    01 . Aug . 2016
  4. Kathryn Maclean

    I like the zooming out to look at the bigger picture.
    “You never, ever know what is around the corner.
    So, try regularly ‘zooming out’ of your current picture, and realizing the true priorities in your life.

    This is something I will keep in mind. Great post!

    01 . Aug . 2016
  5. ikechi

    Hi Karen

    I love the idea of zooming out and you are right that we sometimes see a challenge more than what it is.

    As you brilliantly shared, zooming out gives us the opportunity to see the big picture and get a fresh perspective.

    Thanks for sharing and love the quotes.

    Take Care

    03 . Aug . 2016
  6. Alana

    I find it difficult to see the big picture. I am a detail person. My livelihood depends on it. I never thought of “zooming out” (a photography term, and I enjoy photography on the amateur level). So, with that term, perhaps I can translate that into my view of my world.

    04 . Aug . 2016

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