Details vs. bigger picture

Zooming in.

Have you thought about what picture you tend to look at if you face a problem, struggle or meet resistance in life?

The bigger picture.

Are you one who usually look at the small pieces, details and close-ups to find fault?

Or do you see a greater view, the wider horizon and how it all comes together in the long run?

Do you see one mis-colored apple, or the whole picture?

My experience is that some of us look for details, search for faults and problems without trying to see the greater picture: how it all comes together.

How would a greater view effect our conclusions and decisions about a person, a relationship or a situation instead of judging it from the past hour, day or week?

Could looking at it from a broader horizon help us be a bit more patient with ourselves and others? Maybe. Probably.

View: a greater perspective.

Sometimes if I think I am stuck, or I belive that there are only tiny pieces, not a large puzzle, it really helps to try and lift my head up or step up on a chair (or climb a hill) just to get another view – both another view of the thing in particular but also on my small thinking or what I believe my struggles are.

This was a sweaty and hard early morning climb.

This also works as a mental excercise when stuck – take a mental step back, or remind yourself of a longer time perspective and see what possibilities that opens up for you.

Was it worth the climb? Oh, yes!

Maybe a friend, collegue or someone in your family can help you see a bigger picture if you find yourself totally stuck.


Perspective vs being a part

After a walk and swim at the beach, watching the morning air clear up and the seagulls looking for food in the low tide, it hit me what a good metaphor it is for other things in life.


Overlooking the beach

The beach where I was this morning is surrounded by high cliffs with a beautiful view of the beach, the ocean and the surroundings. Down at the beach, you come close to the water, the seagulls, and the cliffs rise up behind whilst you are in the middle of the action.

So, I can stand on the cliffs, overlooking the ocean and see the big perspective. Or I can walk down to the beach, feel the sand under my feet, step into the water, see the seagulls walking on the reef and be a part of what’s happening.


Down at the beach

It’s like with our thoughts: either we choose to be a part of them, to believe they’re all true and act on them, or we can watch them come and go, not acting on everything we think.

That’s it for now, just wanted to share a little morning clearness with you!

Enjoy the day! // Wivan

Look for a new angle

One of my favorite scenes from the animated movie Big Hero 6, is when one of the main characters, Hiro, is swirled and shaken around on the shoulders of his elder brother in an attempt to “shake things up” and “look for a new angle” to solving a problem. Sometimes doing something totally different than sitting at a desk and ‘solving the problem’ is the perfect thing to do.

Today's Skype call with Helena

Today’s Skype call with Helena

Earlier today I had a Skype call with a good friend and Master Mind colleague, Helena, who’s an expert at looking at things from different angles and helping others to see new perspectives. We were going to talk about how we can help each other with a couple of different projects and what actually needs to be done. That was my angle. And when we finished, Helena had helped me see a totally different perspective, and things got so much clearer in my head. (and new questions had started to form too ;-)).

This is also where Helena is a master at “holding a space” for others to be in, in this case me. Because I felt a little lost and ashamed – I “should” know what I’m doing, right!? And I “should” just get it done. But something has held me back and by listening behind my words, Helena helped me see another angle and to actually bring clarity to some thoughts I’ve had over the past few days.

A swim is a great way to change perspective for me

A swim is a great way to change perspective for me

Being held in a space of love means that I can be me, full out, without feeling like I have to guard my human experience.

– Helena Roth –

Still, like a Swedish summer night

Still, like a Swedish summer night

Tonight I also got to see the physical world from a new perspective. The place I had thought of visiting was “taken” by someone else, so I looked for a new place around the corner.

Who would have known...

Who would have known…

... this old house had such a great view!

… this old house had such a great view!

Fajã Grande, Flores

Fajã Grande, Flores