One of the great benefits of getting older I've always felt, is to be able to see how everything repeats itself endlessly until we 'get it'. We are given so many chances to understand the simplest of lessons. When we become aware of it for the first time, we are all emotion and reaction. When it repeats, we begin to understand the pattern and this enables us to respond more proactively. Before long, we begin looking for the patterns that connect and clarify. Any of our senses can observe tangible patterns, but abstract patterns need analysis to be observed. What seems random initially can finally be connected to a pattern that has regularities. The beauty of this is that it enables us to see 'the big picture'. When we stop being lost in all the details and begin to see the big picture, that is when we can begin to make better decisions individually and collectively. For example, people are constantly full of outrage about this or that societal issue and have a tale to tell about the injustice of it all. But until they begin to analyse all the stories and all the issues and see the pattern and where they personally fit into it, they are just endlessly being part of repeating what they don't want repeated! They stay addicted to the drama. We too often deprive ourselves of the opportunity to step out of dysfunctional patterns by not seeing the big picture (which incorporates all perspectives and usually has a 'simple' solution/s). When we do take the opportunity to observe comprehensively, we can slip into a positive pattern that benefits all. Let's catch ourselves making assumptions and reacting impulsively to important issues at home, at work and g. Let's just STOP for a moment and look at the information from all angles, see the spaces, see the patterns and remain open to multi-solution possibilities. It will do us the world of good and the world will be a better place for it.