Looking at the big picture
"Don't miss the donut by looking through the hole." Hmmm. now as a frog, I'm not much of a donut-eater, but I do understand what this simple saying means; Look at the big picture. Tunnel vision, another way of saying this, means to only see what's directly in front of you...never looking side-to-side, or up and down. I don't have this problem, at least not physically. My eyes are capable of seeing in all directions but do I always look at everything? No. But I should. especially as a writer. Authors tend to focus on the end result...the climax of the book or story he's writing. When that happens, writers tend to lose track of the small details and minor characters (ie, the donut) that makes his book fun to read. The big picture, in story telling, includes weaving all these seemingly small details together into a complete and finished product. Think about books you've loved. What would they be without the exciting twists and turns, lavish details that make you feel a part of the tale, and all the fascinating/loveable/dispicable minor characters that inhabit the main character's world? You'd be left without much of a story. The same thing can be said for living life. Don't just focus on the present problem/issue/task. Think about how this is playing out in the bigger picture of your life. It kind of helps to put things in proper perspective. So go ahead and take a bite out of the donut that is your life, and enjoy a few of the sprinkles that make it fun and, well, tasty!
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