The Bigger Picture


It’s been said that we can be told something over and over but we won’t “hear” it until the time is right to receive the message. Yep, truth.

As early in my life as I can remember, independence has been paramount for me; I just don’t like to ask for help. But a recent project at my job forced me to ask for some assistance from co-workers.

As I lamented about this to my supervisor, he spoke so clearly – and with a gentle smile – that our company functions as a “team” and that any of us may need the support of others at any time and we do that for each other to ensure our successful services.  I’ve been working for this company for a year and can say that I observe this to be true.

So this morning, while in the middle of working on a jigsaw puzzle, that proverbial ton of bricks hit me upside the head.  Finally able to internalize what he said weeks ago, my mind’s eye saw the bigger picture.  And, of course, Nature was my go-to analogy.

No single feature of Nature stands alone. No cloud floats by without moisture and movement in the winds.  No flower blooms that has not been fed by the rain, the soil, and the sun.  No river runs without the sources of water and the land that contours its’ flow, and certainly no river life would exist without all of those conditions as a basis.

Humans are no different.  None of us stand alone. It is together in the bigger picture that we exist.  Farmers feed us, textile workers clothe us, home builders protect us, and so on. None of us stand alone.

It can only do me good to consider this on a regular basis, and stay humble in this knowledge.

I’m reminded of a quote used by John F. Kennedy:  “A rising tide lifts all the boats.”  Well said Mr. Kennedy, well said.


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