One thing I really like about hiking is the perspective it gives me.
Standing on top of a tall mountain and seeing for miles and miles helps me to realize the vastness of the world and my small place in it.
I don’t mean to say that what we do or who we are doesn’t matter, it just means that sometimes during a particular situation we might tend to not be able to look at the big picture. We might have a hard time really seeing what matters.
Nature helps me see that vast mountains, thick forests, and large rocks are not that big from a distance. And maybe some problems or situations in my life could benefit from the same outlook.
In looking down from the top of a tall hill or mountain while on a hike I sometimes wonder what problems those down below in their houses are having. Are they squabbling over something trivial, are they consumed in the details of a problem that they can’t see the beauty around them that I am seeing at that moment.
We’ve all heard the saying that we “can’t see the forest for the trees.” I’ve thought about that as I look ahead of me on a trail at majestic trees reaching up toward the sky and filling my vision. What am I missing beyond them? What would I see if I could climb a little higher and get a better view?
I suggest that next time that we are struggling with a problem or difficulty in life that we take a step back and try to look at the broader picture—the larger perspective. Try to see what we may be missing in our view and get back to what is really important.
It doesn’t necessarily mean that our problems will go away, but our ability to handle them could become easier and simpler.
This can relate to situations at home, in politics and social issues, with our families, job, and even with our faith. I find that if I try and look at things with an eternal, rather than a mortal/worldly perspective that God helps me to see the bigger picture of my life.
We all have the choice of how we react to things. Let’s choose to act with a broader and higher perspective.
Enjoy some extra “perspective” pictures I have taken!