I’ve looked out many airplane windows. If only I would’ve stepped foot on all the terrain I’ve passed over, my passport would be full of stamps from all over the world. Even though this hasn’t happened, this pass over in the skies has taught me one very important lesson as I’ve peered out my airplane window to the land below.
What you see not only depends on what you look AT, but also on where you look FROM. James Deacon
Flying the friendly skies has taught me about perspective. It’s incredibly easy to get locked into our own little worlds, especially when we’re busy. Life can get fuzzy when you’re zoomed in so closely to the details right in front of you. Sometimes you have to zoom out to gain perspective, because that’s what the bigger picture does…it gives perspective.
When I lift the shade and look out that tiny airplane window, I see things I wouldn’t see if I was on the ground. A city in the middle of a desert, an airplane flying parallel to my own in the sky, a dark night sky dotted with the lights that make it a city. Zooming out to see the bigger picture helps me to notice things that I never knew were there.
I think to my own life and the times that perspective has helped me understand the situation. My daughter’s challenging puberty years that have just happened upon me, for one. Zoomed in, all I see is the frustration I feel at emotional outbursts that leave me in tears, because there’s no way my sweet little girl could have just said those words to me. Zoomed out, my heart softens to the confusion she must be experiencing as her body changes, reminding me of my own puberty years and the horror of it all. Perspective changes the way I react and handle life’s difficult situations. You know the best part of this little lesson? Zooming out has greatly reduced my stress levels, making for a lighter, freer me.
Like a camera lens zooming out to capture the fullness of a moment, the next time you’re zoomed in too far, locked into the details that bring an array of unhealthy emotions, remember that if you just turn that lens a tad bit to see the bigger picture, it will instantly change the temperature of the situation.
Thank you, airplane window, for your incredible knowledge at how to view the world. Your perspective on life has helped me zoom out and see the beauty of the full picture. Travel has taught me and my family many things, but this one takes the cake as it gentle reminders are there every single time I step onto that plane for another adventure.
Perspective is the way we see things when we look at them from a certain distance and it allows us to appreciate their true value. Rafael E. Pino