Big Picture

Have faith in the big picture >> Slow Your Home

Sometimes it’s difficult to keep our eye on the big picture. Sometimes it’s hard not to get bogged down in the grind of day to day. Sometimes the small, consistent steps required to make big progress feel too small and too insignificant.

Sometimes we lose sight of the big picture. Sometimes we lose sight of our why.

You know that giving your kids boundaries will hold them in good stead. But it’s hard to see that when your 4 year-old has a meltdown at the shop because he can’t have the dinosaur toy he desperately wants because he saw it just now and he didn’t know it existed until three seconds ago but it’s most definitely the best thing ever and if you get it for him he will never ask for another thing everinhiswholelifeplease.

You know that eating a wide variety of healthy, unprocessed food and being active every day is good for your body and mind, and you know it will serve you well as you get older. But it’s hard to see that when you really do want that extra piece of cake and you really don’t want to get out of bed and go for a run.

You know that saving your money and not buying that fourth pair of skinny jeans is good for the bank balance, which in turn is good for the house/holiday/car you’re saving for. But it’s hard to see that when you really want to keep up with fashion trends and, seriously, they’re on sale! It’s like I’m saving money by buying them!

So today I’m telling you (and myself) to have faith in the big picture.

Have faith in the fact that these steps, these choices, these decisions that leave you wondering, “What’s the point?” continue to move you towards the big picture.

And that big picture? It won’t look like you’re imagining. The future never does, because once you arrive you’ve already experienced all the hard work that went into creating it. And that doesn’t seem as magical as when it’s viewed from afar.

And while it might not be magical, it will feel amazing because you will have earned it with your small, consistent steps and your faith that they were making a difference.

Everything you do makes a difference. Don’t forget that.

13 Responses to Big Picture

  1. I just sang the same song [without exaggeration] for at least the 27th time today at the request of my boys (Big Rock Candy Mountain, in case you were wondering). This reminder came at the right moment. When they want to learn something, we do it over and over and over and over — even if I’m bored with it long before they are. The big picture is love, fun, togetherness, and learning. When I remember that, the repetition doesn’t feel so mind-numbing. Like most things in life, my perspective can change the same exact thing from a chore into a joy.

  2. Wow, did I ever need to hear this today. I’ve been feeling so disappointed in myself lately, but not really knowing why. But it is because I’ve lost all structure and repetition since the summer began. Through both my own fault and external circumstances. But, now it is hard to recapture any order and consistency. But…tomorrow begins a new week. One with some structure already built in (art camp each morning for my DD). I need to figure out what my big picture is right now and then live for that big picture. Thanks for the inspiration and guidance!

    • I love what you said about summer, Sue. I find myself both relishing and despising the way it always seems to turn our regular rhythm on its head. I’m getting back to the gym this morning for the first time in weeks–my own attempt to return to some semblance of structure. I hope your DD enjoys art camp and that you enjoy a bit of space to regroup. :-)

  3. Thanks for this Brooke! I am just catching up on a huge back load of paperwork for my job. I work to get people better and always have endless paperwork…and hate it!!! I NEED to get regimented to do my paperwork…I just feel so much better. So reading this reminds me of what I already know
    So well!! Little steps do ALWAYS get you to the top of the mountain!! Thanks for the reminder!! I always look forward to your posts and pod casts. Cheers, Annie G.

  4. What a perfect time to read this, since I just spent a good hour feeling sorry for myself because I wrenched my back while slinging a heavy garbage bag into our too-tall trash bin. After it had leaked all over my kitchen floor. This weekend all my extra duties as my husband’s full time caregiver have been weighing heavily on my soul. In focusing on my pity, I have lost sight of the big picture and that is to be the caring, happy wife he needs and to provide a positive environment for him as we deal with his illness. Thank you. Thank you.

  5. Thanks Brooke! You honestly never fail to inspire me & your posts are always relevant. Love Kariane’s reply too – very similar to life in my home!

  6. How did you become so wise whilst yet so young?!

    Thank you Brooke for your encouraging words of wisdom. I have come so far, but then I look around at my difficult areas and think that I’ll never get it all cleared out of my life unless I just close my eyes and purge the lot. Well, that’s not going to happen (especially when that involves a life time collection of photos from both my mother and my mother-in-law. It’s taking me forever to scan them).

    However, I can control what I add to my home. Yes, saving money on sales has been a passion of mine for years. I’d come home to my other half and proudly announce “look how much money I’ve saved us today!” Yes, really. Well, it’s stopped – or at least dramatically slowed.

    Thank you for reminding me of the bigger picture and the future I want for myself.