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!

This Post Has 28 Comments

  1. 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.

  2. 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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  3. 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.

  4. Great reminder to keep things in perspective. Thank you.

  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. Awesome advice. You’re cat is super cute.

  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. Very inspiring post! I always see a big picture…and can not understand people that don’t do it same way LOL

  11. 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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  12. I love your post. Keep the positivity in life.

  13. 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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  14. 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~

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