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Google Earth and The Bigger Picture. Sunday June 23, 2013

When your mood is low, it's easy to feel the details of life crowding in on you. It's easy to feel trapped by the sheer complexity and messiness of everyday life.

The fact is that when something is distressing us, we feel part of it, even responsible for it. And that makes it difficult for us to stand back and see what's really happening.

Next time you feel like this, try to see the bigger picture - take a mental helicopter ride. Imagine going higher and higher. As you get further away, the details that disturbed you at ground level disappear and new shapes emerge. It's the same idea behind the saying We Can't See The Wood For The Trees.

Another way to think about this distancing effect is consider the zooming function on Google Earth. On the close-up view, you can see individual houses, twisting networks of roads and so on. But zoom out, and a completely different view emerges - towns and cities and fields and great rivers. Zoom out further, and we begin to see countries and continents.

For the ultimate example of shifting magnitudes, search out Powers of Ten on You Tube. You'll be amazed.

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PWD Sun, Jun 23rd 2013 @ 8:23am

Another good blog and very true it is easy to get drawn in to gloom and doom. the bigger picture can be a lot nicer. Thanks for many great blogs.


Anonymous Sun, Jun 23rd 2013 @ 8:54pm

Another good blog. Thanks. Just what i needed today.

Suzy Mon, Jun 24th 2013 @ 5:22pm

I love this post!

Anonymous Tue, Jun 25th 2013 @ 10:45pm

I look at the stars and remember how very tiny, short lived and irrelevant to the universe me and my problems are. Or sit on the moor and look at a landscape carved by huge forces over aeons that has been the same for so long before me, and will be for so long after. Puts it all in perspective.

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