They say that “a picture paints a thousand words”. And it’s true.
It is amazing how may theories and conclusions one can come up with just by looking at a picture.
But what if that picture is zoomed in or cropped so that the entire picture is not shown?
Like the photo below, for example.
Can you guess what it is?
Can you still “paint a thousand words”?
Well, maybe one can still come up with theories… but never a conclusion.
This goes the same with life.
Ever heard of the saying “easier said than done”?
Imagine you’re an event of your life as a big picture. And us living it is like a cropped or zoomed version of the big picture. Unlike ourselves, people not directly involved with that event of our lives can see the big picture. Maybe not with the correct conclusions and theories… but they can see it. So advice, opinions and recommendations from these people are easily formulated and given.
But for us not being able to see what they can may have a hard time believing them. For all we see is just the abstraction brought about by the incomplete and pixelized version our limited view has been given.
So, take a step back.
Try to see what others can see — the big picture.
And maybe our abstract life will be a little clearer.
This post is in response to Weekly Writing Challenge: Abstraction.