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Rules of Happiness #17 – Zoom Out and Don’t Sweat It – January 22 Devotions


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.




Well, we’re nearly done with Karl Moore’s Rules of Happiness – just today and tomorrow to complete them! 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, by the way- 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: Happiness is Only Ever Now

Rule #8: Experience, Don’t Hoard!

Rule #9: Experience Both Sides of the Coin

Rule #10: Be More Social

Rule #11: Love More

Rule #12: Have 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 today, 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 hung up (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?


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. tara pittman

    I need to zoom out more. I need to see the big picture.
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    22 . Jan . 2016
  2. Alana

    I do find it hard to see the big picture, both at work and at home. I tend to be detail focused. It works well for my job, which demands it, but not so much for home life.
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    22 . Jan . 2016
  3. Carol Cassara

    Zooming out is such good advice. We don’t always look beyond what’s right in front of us, but perspective really changes with some distance.

    22 . Jan . 2016
  4. Elisabeth

    This is actually one thing I’m pretty practiced at. Sadly, that practice came from NOT being good at it and having to learn it! LOL… but it really does help!
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    22 . Jan . 2016
  5. Sandy KS

    I find it hard to look at the big picture when I am disabled. I can’t walk to get to the store. Nor have a vehicle to get there on my own. Hard to think positive when it feels like my home is a prison.
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    22 . Jan . 2016
  6. Ana De- Jesus

    I need to remember that the bigger picture is always better than viewing everything through the microscope!
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    22 . Jan . 2016
  7. Martha

    Great advice. I always follow #2 and #6.
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    22 . Jan . 2016
  8. Elizabeth O.

    This is lovely. I can’t believe we’re almost done. It’s been great talking about happiness. This one is definitely appropriate for me, such a good reminder to zoom out and get the bigger picture.

    22 . Jan . 2016
  9. Ben

    Great reminder to keep things in perspective. Thank you.

    22 . Jan . 2016
  10. Shobha George

    Yes — need to zoom out more!

    22 . Jan . 2016
  11. Stacy B

    I never used to really look at the bigger picture until a few years ago. It is so important to just take a step back and realize that things change constantly in our lives and we just have to make the best of where we are presently. My father in law told me something a long time ago that still sticks with me today and that was to let the small stuff go. It has helped so much in my life to not overwhelm me with small things that in the end didn’t end up actually mattering much. I think zooming out is great advice! Thanks for sharing!
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    22 . Jan . 2016
  12. Jennifer Hickey

    I need to spend more time zooming out, not to be confused with zoning out!
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    22 . Jan . 2016
  13. Claire

    I love this positive post. I need to zoom out from my problems and put them into perspective x
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    23 . Jan . 2016
  14. Claudette

    Got some news this week that wasn’t quite unexpected but when it came, I found that I had to do exactly what you say – zooming out!
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    23 . Jan . 2016
  15. Maddie

    Awesome advice. You’re cat is super cute.

    23 . Jan . 2016
  16. Jennifer Dawn

    Yes, don’t sweat the small stuff.

    23 . Jan . 2016
  17. Rosey

    That cat picture makes me happy. 🙂 The excerpts here sound spot on.
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    23 . Jan . 2016
  18. michelle

    when i am feeling stressed or upset i try to look at the big picture to remind myself i won’t always feel like that
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    23 . Jan . 2016
  19. Sarah

    I get stressed and try to tell myself to sleep on it and see if it’s still as big a deal in the morning. Most of the time it’s not.

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    23 . Jan . 2016
  20. Marielle Altenor

    I’m not sure what it is but there is something about me that I find rarely want to see the “big picture”. I know that’s not a good thing and I’m working on doing better.
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    23 . Jan . 2016
  21. Patricia

    Very inspiring post! I always see a big picture…and can not understand people that don’t do it same way LOL

    23 . Jan . 2016
  22. Patty

    Sometimes we are not meant to know the bigger picture and sometimes we need to know it all. It’s that balance that’s difficult.
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    24 . Jan . 2016
  23. Eileen Kelly

    I love number 12. Keep bringing me all this wonderful inspiration
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    24 . Jan . 2016
  24. Lexie Lane

    I love your post. Keep the positivity in life.

    24 . Jan . 2016
  25. MyTeenGuide

    Looking at the bigger picture is important. That way, you’ll be able to prepare for what lies ahead.
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    24 . Jan . 2016
  26. Urvi

    Thanks for inspiring post. I need to zoom out to stay happy
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    26 . Jan . 2016
  27. Holly @ Woman Tribune

    I really like the analogy of thinking about life and the problems we face as pieces of a puzzle. That definitely brings another perspective, and stops you from going down the rabbit hole of worry and doubt, and I am all for that.
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    27 . Jan . 2016
  28. Ravyne

    Beautiful post! I used to stay “zoomed in” all the time. I focused solely on my own issues and took little time to participate in others lives. In 2012, I began learning Mindfulness as a therapy for some mental illness issues I had. Through this, I learned to see the big picture “zoom out”. Now I look forward to future endeavors and spending time with family and friends. I LOVE this book and own a copy (had it since last March). It has made a huge difference in my life! I’ve subscribed to your blog and look forward to more of your posts 🙂 Cheers! ~Ravyne~

    01 . Feb . 2016

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