Something I’ve been pondering as I’ve triggered multiple people on Instagram lately is the current societal norm to pick something apart into so many little pieces that the big picture is impossible for them to see—like a puzzle deconstructed.
And while deconstructing puzzles can be helpful to us in our personal journeys as we deconstruct narratives—we are always working to put the pieces back together to see the whole picture because we know that zooming in on one thing for too long keeps us from something so much bigger.
We do this in the health world often.
We zoom in on one thing for so long that we forget about the whole body. Often, we are sold some miracle product that is supposed to fix all our problems—but I think, deep down, we know it isn’t going to, we just wish it was that easy. We want to believe one thing can be the magic elixir to cure all our problems. The truth is we must look at the whole body and all the pieces that need to be put into place in order to create that vibrant picture of health.
It’s not one thing or one habit—it’s a combination of many.
When we zoom in on ONE thing and discard the rest, we miss so much of the potential for our health.
And this is what happens on social media, too.
As pieces are picked apart and unnecessary arguments are made—the WHOLE picture is missed.
People take a belief, a phrase, or a sentence, or even one word and often write a huge response to the piece they zoned in on—the piece they allowed themselves to be triggered by—and miss the bigger point being made.
Don’t miss the bigger picture, friends.
We won’t always agree. We won’t always say things perfectly in a way that doesn’t offend or trigger someone, somewhere. We won’t always respond in ways that everyone thinks is appropriate.
But we can step back. We can ask ourselves, “why is that one thing triggering me?” We can critically think about what is said in entirety instead of picking little things apart. Context matters. Intention matters. Critical thinking matters. Learning to be less offended matters.