The closer you are to something, the clearer you can see it, right? Not necessarily! Sometimes being too close or too familiar with a situation, or a thing, or a person, can keep you from seeing them clearly. At times it can help to step back, and look at the big picture. At that point we may notice things that we had never seen from a close-up view.
For example, some days ago I was working on a document, which I had reviewed and edited several times. You might say I was quite familiar with the document by then, and thought I had checked it over enough and picked up all the errors that were present. However, it wasn’t until I used my software’s “zoom out” feature to look at the big picture, and view the document from a distance, that I noticed the font size in one of my titles was slightly bigger than the font size of the other titles in the document.
I had not picked up this inconsistency when I was looking at the pages up close. But it was only after I stepped back a bit, that I was able to notice it.
How about you? Are there any situations that you are involved in, or familiar with, that if you stepped back from them a bit, you might notice something that you hadn’t seen before? Or has there been a situation in the past in which you found that looking at the big picture gave you more clarity? Why not share with us?