A preschooler was looking out of the window at the airport terminal and exclaimed, “MOMMY, look at the HUGE airplane! It has so many windows and is so tall. I love this airplane! At the same time, a woman looked out the same window and exclaimed, “Oh GOD, look at that dinky little airplane! I hate this airplane!” The preschooler looked at the woman and said, “The plane me and my mommy sees is awesome. I am sad you and God don’t see the same one.”
Perspective is important. Children often have a wonderful one!
Last week I got to go to Oshkosh, WI to see the world’s biggest aviation show. They have truly dinky little airplanes and huge airplanes, and the owners truly love them all. It does not matter the size, there is exuberance in their voices as they share their love for their ultralight glider or the thrill of flying an Airbus A380.
If we could look at all things with the excitement of a preschooler, we would be much happier. As I write this, the preschooler is now sitting in front of me on the airplane, and she is thrilled she will soon be served a favorite soft drink as a treat. The woman sitting behind me is sarcastically saying we will be lucky if we get water on such a cheap plane.
My husband has sold and flown multitudes of 4 seat aircraft called Cirrus Perspective. He is also type rated in the “dinky” Embraer ERJ 145 aircraft that holds 50 people. Both are a true gift to be able to pilot and be a passenger in. As we are now taking off, the preschooler is glued to the window watching the ground move. The woman is glued to her glamour magazine. I can only imagine who is soaking in a more realistic perspective.
- What do you think causes so many perspectives on an object?
- When you assume something to be true, how likely are you to look at other perspectives?
- What are ways you can transform “dinky” into “huge and awesome”?
“I like to turn things upside down, to watch pictures and situations from another perspective.”