What do you see when you look at the picture? Do you see the bright light? The trees? The blue sky …all of the above?? Do you see the details ….the big picture….can you see both? What a beautiful sight, what do we focus on? ….the small details and we forget about the big picture, or we look at the big picture and forget about all the little details that make up this beautiful big picture.
I think many of us look at daily activities, work tasks in the same way. At times we are good at making those detailed lists, but except we forget about everything else that is going on in our life. Or, we only think about the end result, and we forget about all of those tidbits of information, skills or tools that we need to get put this big picture put together.
Can we do both……move in and out of this skill? We need to understand that it is important to set goals, objectives and develop strategies. But at the same time, be aware of the end goal – the big picture that we have in our mind. And, can we feel comfortable about the process and take the time to engage in the strategies that support our abilities to move in and out from the near and far vision.
When we set an intention or a goal, what do I do? Well, first I try to be all detail oriented…..haha that is just not me. I am the big pictures person. Like the trees in the park, I often see the whole picture, I need help to focus on all of the details. I try, really try. I make lists, create nice forms and documents, but I just lack in the detailed success in the completion. This is often difficult for me. I would rather doodle on the paper, write “outside the box”, or just “DO” through movement.
But keeping the details is very important…..but it gets me STRESSED!! There we go again…..talking about stress = taking that deep breath. For me, that is so important……”just breathe!!”As I have reinforced with my students, is “Stop ……and THINK!” Like when I am looking at the beauty in front of me in the park. I see the big picture…..and then have to STOP and really look at the wonderful details in the beauty of nature that is right in front of me……Look at the details.
When we work with students or clients…….especially in the medical field or at school……we have to constantly have goals……objectives…….and benchmarks!!! Also, assessing and evaluating. At times I just want to stay STOP!! I want the students for just a moment to be just that ……..a person, and let me let them evolve. When I have the goal in mind…..I am thinking the BIG picture. I am thinking of how far we have come and how much farther we can go. Maybe not just for the student/client….but stop and think about ALL those that are there to support that individual . Is there more than we can do as professionals to help them? But…..follow all of the rules at the same time??
This is when I need to take a step back …..refocus in my big picture moments. It is kind of like my barometer to help me see those details. By focusing on the big I can see the little. And at the same time, putting all those little tidbits together help up get to the big picture. Well……it makes sense to me!
So, let’s think about this all again. We are able to change our focus from small details, to the big picture……from close and then far…..up then down and all around. Know that we all have strategies in our “toolboxes” that help guide our abilities. For me, it continues to be Brain Gym, Rhythmic Movement, and now since I have taken classes for review, I added using more Therapeutic Listening again in my repertoire.
For those that might be interested in these strategies, please feel free to contact me. I would like to have the opportunity to help you develop and expand YOUR toolbox!