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:
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
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?