The Big Picture

This past week, it started to snow where I live. As I was driving to pick my friend up, I was thinking about how I came to terms with certain things, and how I continue to have work to do to fully let go of a few more situations that have come up in my life. I was thinking about how I knew how silly things would seem in perspective, but also how hard it is to simply get over it. So in my toasty car, and with the swirling snow around me, I finally understood.

Each individual experience we have with a friend, or a family member, or with our personal struggles is like a snowflake. Snowflakes are, in fact, completely different from each other. One experience will not be the same compared to the next. That’s why we want to hold on so tight. But snowflakes are not meant to be held on to. In a futile attempt, we go around trying to catch these snowflakes, but ultimately, we are disappointed. If you try to hold a snowflake, it melts. Sometimes, we just need to let things fall into place. If we let the snow fall, we realize that it’s all part of a bigger picture. We can appreciate the snowflakes not for their individuality, but for their ability to be a part of something beyond them. And eventually, we can look back on the mountains we’ve climbed and see the beauty in the entire scenery. We see that each snowflake had a reason to be there, and if we had kept them all, then the world would have a little less beauty in it.

So we can look back on our experiences, and we will forget who got mad at who first, but we will realize that each experience is just a way to build you up. Our experiences are a part of us, but they do not define us. It’s all part of a bigger picture. I believe that everything happens for a reason. Most of the time, we don’t know what that reason is, and as hard as that is, we need to keep it mind. The power of perspective allows us to rise out of an unhappy place with the affirmation that in the end, things WILL turn out right. Keep your chin up, and remember to appreciate the obstacles that you have overcome.


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