Designers are concerned with the micro, macro and every layer in between. Zooming in on a design challenge allows the designer to notice the details, where zooming out reveals the container of the problem(s), and the potentially inherited problems that have inched their way up from the micro to the macro level.
In relationships, a disagreement is often sparked by some viewpoint, history or truth that is much larger than the actual event we quibble over. By zooming in and out on a particular challenge with your partner, you can reveal the tiniest opportunities for improvement, and illustrate the larger issues that are really affecting your ability to relate, or forgive.
Everything is connected, and sometimes we just need to look at things from up close, or above, or beside.