The Lid or the Pieces?


A couple of blog entries back I wrote about the difference between people who’s philosophy to life is more of a timeline mindset vs. deadline mindset.

I talked about the fact that everyone uses timelines and deadlines; it’s just that people’s approach to life leans in one direction or another.  Neither is better than the other… just different.

I also mentioned that I am a timeline person.

Timeline people like context… the big picture.  I am the lid on the 1000 Piece Puzzle kind of person.  I like to have a sense of how the details come together.

What I like about context (puzzle lid) is that it lets you know where you are and how you fit.


“The trick to forgetting the big picture is to look at everything close-up. “

- Chuck Palahniuk



If not careful, we can get so caught up in the moment (good or bad) and lose perspective of the bigger picture.

This is one of the reasons I hate POLITICS.

Side Note: Don’t worry… I am not going to get all political on you and try to influence you to believe and vote as me.  I will never do that.

I approach politics like my views about God.  I live what I believe, invite you to explore (just like I explore), respond to questions if asked, and bring honor to truth.

I am using politics as an illustration because politicians are the perfect example to make my point.


The sad reality is, regardless of where a politician is on the political spectrum they all do the same thing… they take a detail (puzzle piece) and use it to paint an exaggerated picture to advance their political viewpoint.


“Disinformation is most effective in a very narrow context. “
Frank Snepp



They use the piece to create a big picture vs. using the big picture to put the piece in context.

Now before we get all puffy and indignant… let’s be honest… we do the same thing.

It may be unintentional and on a smaller scale, but the same thing none-the-less.

So many times we are blinded by the detail of the moment and interpret things as either being far worse than they are or far better.

If not careful we start making important decisions and taking aggressive actions based on a faulty perception or how we feel.

That’s why we need people who think differently or information and data that may be different from the way we believe.

Most importantly, we need to be open to receive something different than what we think or feel.  It doesn’t mean we will or need to agree with the information.   But differing data tests our assumptions and beliefs.

I think the most important thing is to keep in mind that there are things bigger than us and we can’t take some things too seriously.

I ran across a sign that I thought was a great reminder about where we fit into the bigger scheme of things.


Talk about context!

See you Monday.

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