Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Zoom out

When I looked in the mirror and realized what I had done, it was too late. I had over-plucked my eyebrows. I now had eyebrows from the 1920's and looked like Mommy Dearest after filling them in with brow powder. This is what happens when you look at yourself in a 10x magnifying mirror. We see wrinkles, hair where it shouldn't be, freckles we hadn't noticed, spots on our skin, things that normally don't bother us because they are part of a bigger picture. We see all this hair to be plucked out, only to notice it wasn't that bad once we zoom out. We also see that that hair had a purpose.

And so it with situations in our life. We make decisions based on what we zoom into without considering other factors. We focus on what we are feeling at the moment, on an inconvenience, a let-down, a deal gone bad, a moment of bad luck, a missed opportunity, a mistake we've made, misunderstandings. We also focus on a good time, what seems to be a great opportunity, a bargain on an investment, feelings of infatuation, an exciting idea. We miss the forest for the trees. We make choices that clash with our dreams, goals, relationships, wellbeing, and our life's work.

Today is a good day to zoom out and see the interplay between what we consider good and bad, easy and difficult, hairy and barely-there. Let us not react emotionally to what is happening in the moment. Let us step back and see the whole picture. We can then see the purpose, meaning, and proportions of the elements in our life. This allows us to make choices that are congruent with our whole being and the totality of our experience. Let us zoom out and see that it all looks better that way.

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