The Bigger Picture

In life, we tend to over worry about the small things. All of us have imperfections. We can’t expect the road to be a perfect pathway to our goals, nor can we expect us to be perfect either.

The troubles we have can give us pain emotionally or physically, but they should only live in the moment, and serve to make a positive difference in the bigger picture of things.

Say you’re at work and there’s a customer that acts rudely in front of you or happens to put you down in some way, you just have to brush it off and keep going.

Say you get into an argument with a friend or family that made you guys yell back and forth or you happen to be on the sports team of some sort and the training made you miserable, you just got to bear with it keep going.

Say you just applied for a job, but got turned down after a long job interview process or you happen to find out that you just got fired from work, you just got to accept it and keep going.

What areas of problems are you having now? What does the road look like? What does it look like in the end? Looking at problems from a bigger picture standpoint often puts problems we have into very small ones.

One example to looking at the bigger picture is looking at your process a year from now. In one year, you’re huge problems at the moment will probably look like tiny problems at the end of the year. Your mind will have already gone through millions of thoughts and comparing a couple of troublesome thoughts you have in a sea of millions of thoughts in one year’s time will seem trivial when you look back in the past.

But when a year passes by, will you have developed? Will you have learned something from your past or be in an entirely different situation looking back and laughing about how pointless your troubles back then really were?

Or will you be lingering over the same problems a year from now?

Another example is to look at your problems in life as a piece of a puzzle. We’ve all assembled puzzles before – 100 piece puzzles, 500 piece puzzles, 1000 piece puzzles, etc. Each puzzle piece represents a part of project that’s supposed to be combined with all the rest of the puzzles in order to make the whole picture.

You can’t ignore a puzzle piece or throw it in the trashcan if it makes you angry and you can’t not use a puzzle piece because you don’t feel like it. All puzzle pieces must be used sooner or later.

But what happens when people get frustrated with making puzzles?

They leave it to the side, shove it in a box, and end up quitting. The puzzle is never completed, the puzzle is half completed, or the puzzle is missing some parts. They never get to see the puzzle for the effort that they have already invested. They never get to see the finished product.

Puzzles are meant to be finished two reasons that I can think of.

One is for fun.

The other is to take the puzzle as a challenge, so once you’ve completed that puzzle, you can move forward to a more challenging puzzle.

It’s the same with life. Life is a challenge that’s supposed to be completed, and at the same time, we are also getting experience.

Sometimes we will get frustrated, angry, and trapped in our problems that want to ignore them, put them on the side, and never deal with them again. Other times, we get so obsessed with fidgeting with one part of our life that we never are able to move to other parts of life and get those parts handled.

Don’t let small things in life blind you from seeing your final vision or your type of success. Do whatever it takes to complete those smaller pieces of puzzles until they are finished. And finally, keep going until you see the bigger picture at the end.