How Having an Aerial Perspective on Life Will Blow Your Mind
Set your mind on things above.
What would happen if you lifted your head above the day to day monotony?
Would you be as they say, “too heavenly minded and no earthly good?”
Or the contrary?
They say, “get your head out of the clouds” but what if that was the very place it needed to be?
Not in some philosophical place but in a real state of presence.
A presence that, from above, keeps you grounded and focused amidst the distractions.
This is exactly the feeling I get every time I fly.
The View From Above
No, I’m not some superhero but rather a frequent aviation explorer.
You see every time I board an aircraft and open the window shade during take-off I get a much-needed reminder of life.
When I look down, even just after take-off, I realize I can’t spot a single person on the ground. I can see cars, buildings, land and the like and know there are people occupying those spaces. But to actually see them is another story.
Not even a blip, dot or shadow of a person can be identified when I’m airborne. This chilling reality is a telling reminder to myself about how small I really am in the grand scheme of things.
And things meaning life, the world and history.
Every time I look out of that airplane and get an aerial view of what’s around me my mind is blown by these two simple realities:
- Yes, I matter, but only in perspective of the greater story which is much bigger than me.
- I make a lot of the problems and issues of my life way bigger than they need to be.
So while I’m airborne, I reflect a lot about this and often forgive others, the past and myself. I let go of the things that bind me up and force myself to just exist in the moment.
When I enter into that place, I think about how I need to bottle this feeling (and mental revelation) up to drink from it daily and stay hydrated from the dryness of life.
I think to myself “remember this moment.” Refer back to this when the trials of life come up and take the aerial perspective when I’m:
- Making non-harmful issues bigger than they need to be
- Tripping over situations that are petty
- Stressing about uncomfortable circumstances I face
- Getting upset over people, policies and past encounters that I can’t change
- Having anxiety about the future
When I lean into this, I begin to free myself mentally and emotionally. Which helps create clarity and most importantly peace.
So how’s the view from where you are?
Will you join me 14,000 feet above?