The Big Picture

The other morning I was overwhelmed by work. There was so much that needed to be done and I was having a hard time prioritizing. It felt like everything needed to be done NOW. Do you ever feel that way? Here is what I thought about that helped me calm down; maybe it can help you also.

There’s an old saying, “You can’t see the forest for the trees.” It means that sometimes we can focus so much on what is right in front of us (the trees) that we miss the beauty of what the trees are part of (the forest). As I was reflecting on my frazzled state that morning, this old saying literally came to life for me as I remembered a recent trip we took down south.

During this trip, we spent several hours driving through the mountains. For an Indiana girl, driving in the mountains is not always a pleasant experience. The tight turns and winding roads can make me feel sick and I often feel hemmed in by the tall trees and cliffs on both sides of the road. On this day, I was starting to get that hemmed in feeling when we came to a lookout that we heard was amazing. We turned to go up the hill to the lookout. After several more miles of winding, one lane road, I was starting to question the decision when we finally came to the clearing. In an instant, everything opened up and the view was spectacular.


While I was in the middle of the mountain, I couldn’t see the beauty of it. But, from the top of the mountain, I was able to see that those mountains were part of something that was absolutely breath-taking.

The same is true with life. The details of the to-do list can sometimes cloud our view of the bigger picture. We can easily get bogged down so that we forget what the big picture actually looks like.

When you start to get flustered by the details of life, take a moment and see the big picture. Click To Tweet That realization can bring rest, refreshment and a reminder of why you are doing the details in the first place.

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