Today, my husband and I finally went on the helicopter flight I had bought him for his birthday last year. It was fantastic. Perfect clear sky, no wind and due to a ‘no-show’, it was just us and the very friendly 22 year old pilot.
I’m not a huge fan of flying of any sort, and when in a standard aeroplane, I always book an aisle seat so I don’t have to look out the window and see the yawning gap between me and solid ground. My husband, however, loves it. He’s been up in a drifter, six seater plane, hot air balloon and now, to round out the set, a helicopter. (He will accept any offers to take him up in a military jet, bi-plane or rocket, so let me know…I need a gift for this years present!)
I’m certainly not the first one to talk about the perspective one gains from being above the earth and the parallels with life.
Yet for me, it was such a different view than any I’ve experienced before. What I loved about the helicopter view is that it wasn’t too high.
When you’re up in a big plane, you soon lose sight of the earth and are above the clouds; in a helicopter, you can see the ground the whole time.
A ‘helicopter’ view is different to a ‘big plane’ view in that you are still close enough to see details and get an overview of how things are. Things look small but still significant, unlike from a big plane where the buildings and landscape are soon reduced to blurry specks.
Sometimes, we need to view our lives more from a helicopter perspective than a plane. To still see the details and be able to recognise the objects on our landscape enables us to properly work on whatever problem we may be facing. Problems don’t disappear or become covered in cloud, but they are put into perspective. A helicopter view gives us enough height to see things for what they are – important but probably not as tall and consuming as it feels close up.
We don’t always need the long view of our issues which can make us feel like our problems are insignificant, when, often, they are real and need addressing.
Sometimes, we just need to hover a little while in a helicopter, gain some perspective and an acknowledgement that the problem is indeed there. Then we can assess what changes need to be made with greater insight and precision.
Does your life need a ‘helicopter’ view?