Stop Looking At The Big Picture and Sweat the Small Stuff!

I believe that we all have our own Big Picture. There’s a Grand Vision that we all have for ourselves. In our minds, we imagine the perfect life. We want to live full rich lives. We want to love. We want to do something that matters before we die. We want to be happy. This image is type a personal faith, an representation of what we believe “a good life” is. Brutally Honest has always been about the Big Picture, aspiring to greatness, and being a Hungry Artist. I believe in my dreams, and every week I tell my friends (that’s you) that they should believe in theirs. This is not a retraction exactly, but I realize that my point of view needs a significant shift.

You see, the Big Picture represents our individual potential, but we don’t generally live up to our potential. I think that the Big Picture for me has always been a burden. The Big Picture seems a long ways away from the life I’m currently living. For instance, I have a clear picture in my mind of the type of artist that I want to become. I want to be as good as the greatest artists I have discovered. I listen to artists like Tom Waits and Richard Thompson and others and I want to be like them. That’s the goal I’ve set for my life. I’ve been driving towards it for some time now, but I’m still a thousand miles away. It’s discouraging. When that feeling of distance gets to me, it makes me want to quit. It makes wish I could skip ahead and just get to greatness already.

I think that we need to stop obsessing over the Big Picture and zoom on in on the details. If you look at a painting on a wall from 6 feet away, you see the Big Picture. You see the beauty of the object, the painter’s vision realized. When you look closer you start see the details, like the texture of the paint, the brushstrokes, and the individual colors. From a distance, the painting may have had an overwhelming effect. You might have marveled at it. Looking at it up close, you start to understand the process that led to this painting. Your comprehension of the work just went up 100%.

The same goes for our own personal Big Pictures. We see it in our mind’s eye in all it’s shiny magnificence, and we are filled with sadness when we don’t see in real life. If you start looking closer you’ll be able to focus on each individual movement that is required to create it. Your vision can only be realized if you start with the smallest parts. You won’t make anything with great if you use broad strokes. Instead, make your masterpiece in the smallest strokes that you can make. Take your time. Care about every mark you make. You only get one canvas.

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