big picture, little picture
It’s all a matter of perspective, sometimes. How often do we heard someone say, “Don’t get bogged down in the small stuff, the little details – remember the big picture.” Good advice in many circumstances, yet sometimes the beauty is in the detail, the small stuff.
I love the perspective that riding a bike gives me. The wide open space, the big picture, the chance to open my mind and let go. But at the same time, I also love the distraction of the small details – the fact that the flowers on the side of the road are defined to my eye, down to the petals, and not just a blur of yellow (or blue or red). I can notice the grashopper crossing the road, avoid the wooly caterpillar slinking along the shoulder. I like being absorbed in the detail, the small stuff … even when the big picture surrounds me.
Sometimes you can’t fully appreciate the big picture without first seeing the little ones.