Zooming out

Zooming out

It’s tempting to base our actions on what the relatively short-term consequences will be. The next few minutes, perhaps tomorrow, maybe in a week’s time, or in about a month or two.

But the focus of our zoom leaves out more than it allows in. It makes us vulnerable to instant, or at least semi-instant gratification.

How would our actions change if we’d promise ourselves to frequently zoom out? How differently would we behave if we’d be thinking five, 10 or 20 years from now? Instead of what gives us pleasure now.

There is nothing inherently wrong with zooming in. Doing it and living in the moment is a beautiful thing. When we do it in tiny bursts.

The danger of using too much zoom too often is that we completely miss the wider picture. It stops us from making the most informed decisions for our individual and collective, long-term health and wellbeing.

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