I am guilty of looking at the big picture in my business world, but you won’t find me doing it very often in my personal life.
Why? Because I was cheating myself out of something valuable. And it’s likely that you are too.
The other night, I was out to dinner with a dear friend and his wife. We were discussing current events in the news, in particular, the day when, with the help of Make-a-Wish foundation, Miles Scott, a leukemia patient, was given the opportunity to be Batman for the day. Thousands of people came out to cheer him and applaud his Bat-kid exploits. The city embraced this small child in hopes of helping his dreams come true.
My friend’s wife scoffed at the event, advising us that there were millions of children who are battling illness across the globe. Her contention was that this child was no more special than any other. She was looking at the bigger picture. What a shame.
A business associate of mine and I were talking about our holiday traditions. I shared with him that each year I am happy to contribute to our local animal shelter and to fund the efforts of no-kill facilities. He then “educated” me on the statistics of how many thousands upon thousands of animals are put to death every year, and urged me to put my money to better use, as I could never change the system.
Both of these people view life with a big picture mentality, and both are missing out on one of life’s greatest gifts: humanity’s compassion.
Life is hard, unfair and often bitter. Looking at the smaller picture offers us a sweetness that is all too often overlooked.
Looking at the smaller picture makes you a bigger person.
If you don’t care to donate, participate or contribute to a cause, a person or an animal’s well-being or happiness, that’s okay, it’s your business. But do it honestly. Don’t do it because it won’t make a difference. Because that’s a crock.
I guarantee you that I make a difference. Perhaps not in the grand scheme of things. But I’ve saved many an animal that deserved saving. I have celebrated many a kind humanitarian act because it bonded me to a truer heart.
That my friends, is not the smaller picture, it is the only picture.
My business requires me to look at the bigger scope of things. It’s a financial and practical necessity.
But life often calls upon all of us to be less practical and more thoughtful. It asks us to lean against blame and towards responsibility. And it requires us to feel, share, and extend ourselves.
To do less, is to live a less fruitful life.
Kindness, generosity, giving of one’s self is not a bankable thing, it is a human thing.
And in these days, humanity could use more participants.