Defining Moment

Memories of my past are patchy, at best. But I still remember, with vivid clarity, one of the first times I flew on an airplane. I was traveling for work, and was one of only four passengers on an eight-passenger prop.

With so few others on board, and maybe also because I was the youngest, the pilots provided me with a set of headphones to listen in on their communication with air traffic control. I was awestruck.

The invitation to connect with a front-row seat to their world of aviation gave me a sense importance. With an inside track and a bird’s eye view, I felt larger than myself. A surge of adrenaline rushed through my body, causing my heart to palpitate and stretch well beyond its regular size. The immersion of my senses was an unexpected thrill beyond that of my wildest dreams.

I can still remember how everything on the ground below gradually contracted as the metal bird lifted me higher and higher into the sky. Large buildings, roadways, foothills, forests, and entire sections of land shrinking away into tiny specs of dust before dissolving to nothing.

Making our way up through the cotton candy wisps of cloud, all of the big things became little things, and the repetition of a single word consumed my thoughts.

Perspective.

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Perspective truly is everything. Conversely, everything is also perspective.

Flying several thousand feet in the air at the tender age of 20, I began to comprehend how changing your position, your angle, your viewpoint can change the perception of what you see. The ability to alter your perspective has the potential to change your life, if you let it.

I thought to myself in that singular defining moment: I must remember this.

The miraculous, life-changing potential of perspective is something I hold true to this day, and most certainly always will.

“The smallest change is perspective can transform a life. What tiny attitude adjustment might turn your world around?”
– Oprah

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