Zooming Out

Many times we are caught up in the mundane aspects of our lives, such as doing the dishes or cooking a meal, or going to work and back, etc. Sometimes we forget the big picture.

In math I do my problems, and sometimes I need to remind myself to zoom out of a little problem and think, “There are only thirty problems. Work them out one by one and you’ll get to the end.” But you have to keep the end in mind. You have to think about what you want to accomplish. In my math, my goal is to finish the lesson. In a certain work day, you might want to accomplish selling something if you are a salesman. We all have our goals, big and small. We need to keep those goals in mind. We need to remember what legacy we want to leave behind, what we want our children and grandchildren to remember us by.

Zooming out of the little picture is a very important part of life. If you do not zoom out occasionally, you become trapped in your own mind, in the little things, and your head starts whirling, and you go crazy (not literally). Sometimes we need to stop what we are doing, take a deep breath and just be still for a moment. Think about it. How many times today have you stood still and just thought for a second about nothing? Probably not even once. It is important to just be quiet at least once a day and think about something peaceful and calming. You will alleviate stress and calm your nerves if you are overwrought.

How many of you have noticed the subtle beauty of a single, glimmering dewdrop? How many of you have seen the quiet early morning sunlight pouring through the trees? The quiet beauty of a rose often goes unnoticed. Even the combination of colors like pink and yellow, or blue and purple are pleasing to the eye and soothing to the mind. But we rush around, to work in the morning, home in the afternoon, dinner, TV, taxis, subways, cars, other activities, sports, etc., that we never take the time to think outside the box. We are caught up in a whirlwind of activity. And although it is important to be busy, sometimes we need to just stop. Take a breath. Look at something peaceful and beautiful. You will be a happier, less stressed, more relaxed person if you will just stop for a few minutes every day and just relax. Close your eyes. Think of something beautiful. I promise that you will see everything in a different, calmer light. You will have more control over yourself and your emotions and your mind.

So, zoom out. Zoom out of the mundane activities of your lives. Calm down. Stop the whirlwind. Take a deep breath and see, as if for the first time, the natural beauty of people and things all around you.


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