The Big Picture
All of the people I admire most are big picture people.
You know the ones. They’re the ones who are never caught up in petty drama for long. They’ve got bigger fish to fry.
They have great perspective and give great advice
Their lives are not small or claustrophobic.
They are never bored and definitely never boring.
They have purpose and determination
They are never apathetic about the seemingly distant plight of others because they can see that we are all connected.
They are curious and take time to educate themselves about the world around them.
They ask questions.
They have opinions and they are not afraid or dismissive of politics, understanding that “politics” is the name we give to the processes by which we shape the world we all live in.
They do not fear respectful discussion or debate.
They are not complacent.
They have no reverence for the status quo.
They believe they can effect change in the world, and so they do.
It’s not an easy thing to be. It can be overwhelming to try to look at the big picture, and devastatingly disappointing and disheartening to look around you and see that you are surrounded by people trapped in a narrow focus with no inclination to stretch and grow outside of their immediate surroundings, their immediate wants and needs.
And it’s an easy trap to fall into.
I lot, probably even most, of my precious time (outside of work) on this earth is spent on self-indulgent frivolity, and while there’s certainly room for that in every life, and without a good, regular dose of that we’d all be quite miserable, there’s definitely more I could be doing to make the bigger picture a little brighter.
I could definitely spend more time looking at, learning about and being mindful of the bigger picture in my day to day life.
Because while I’m not always a big picture person to the degree I’d like to be, I do believe I can effect change.
And so, I will.
So that is my New Year’s Resolution: to take time to look at the bigger picture and to actively work to change the things I don’t love about it, and to protect the ones I do.
And hey, last year’s resolution to not get engaged was a rousing success.
So I’m optimistic.