The helicopter view

One of my favourite pieces of music that I have written is the piano/violin duet – The Wild Atlantic Way. And before playing it at gigs, I often tell the audience of my dream to get in a helicopter with some talented cameramen and take footage of the dramatic western coastline of Ireland to make a video to go with the music.

Because being in a helicopter gives you a different perspective. The overhead view can give you a more complete picture, one that’s impossible to get from the ground.

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I often think it would be equally great for any of us to get in a helicopter when trying to get a better picture of a particular dilemma in which we may find ourselves.

Because everything we see in the world is seen through our eyes, which means it is subject to the beliefs, ideas and biases we have acquired from the various experiences we have had in life. It’s why two people can take something completely different from the same words uttered, song sung or actions taken. And this can lead to difficulties between people.

Taking a helicopter view means to look yourself and your actions from the position of an independent observer looking at your situation. It can lead to great insight.

And the great thing is – unlike my dream video, you don’t have to get in a helicopter to do it.