New Heights: What can a drone teach you?

If you are familiar with Mary Poppins and the song “Let’s Go Fly A Kite,” then you would enjoy the fact that all week last week I marched around the house singing “Let’s Go Fly a Drone.” I even complete the lyrics, “Up to the highest zone! Let’s go fly a drone and send it soaring; Up through the atmosphere; Up where the air is clear; Oh, let’s go fly a drone!”

Of course what I’m referencing is actually a quadcopter, not a drone. The term drone just sounds way cooler and it much easier to sell then RC Helicopter with camera. I have been researching and learning about quadcopters for quite some time, especially since the recent surge in popularity and controversy. When DJI released their latest model the Phantom 3, I felt like the time was right and went ahead with my order.

While I was waiting the typical 3-5 days for ground delivery I watched every DJI instructional video, downloaded the user manual, and watched other users on YouTube explain their experience. I wanted to be prepared and also to NOT crash my first time in the air. Not to mention, it helped pass the time as I eagerly waited.

Much to my dismay, the day it delivered was a total washout. I couldn’t believe it, the was no “rain, rain go away” song or dance to make this rain disappear!


The next day however, was perfect! With my wife’s help and side by side encouragement our first flight was amazing. I don’t want to get very technical for the purposes of this post, however I will say the remote allows you to pan the camera up and down. The majority of the first flight we had the camera pointed towards the ground.

We could see ourselves shirking into specs, the house and yard condense into a small spot on the screen. It wasn’t until the battery was almost exhausted that I remembered to tilt the camera up, to look out towards the horizon. “WOW! LOOK AT THIS!!!” I called my wife over to look at the HD Video being streamed live back to my iPhone. We both couldn’t believe the picture we were looking at. We were astonished by how magical and surreal the landscape appeared. The same “boring” trees, fields, and hills I grew up with came alive with a new personality.


If you stop and think about it, doesn’t this happen to all of us? I’m not talking about flying cameras, but in our perspective in our every day lives? If we could fly a camera and look at our lives from a high altitude, what would come to life around you that you have never seen before? What if you set your sight on new heights and made a decision to look at every situation as a speck on a grand landscape.

Webster Dictionary defines perspective in these terms as:     “the capacity to view things in their true relations or relative importance”

Rick Warren explains on his blog one measure of spiritual growth is perspective and the benefits of developing God’s perspective on life.

“In a spiritual sense, it means seeing life from God’s point of view. In the Bible, the words “understanding,” “wisdom,” and “discernment” all have to do with perspective. The opposite of perspective is “hardness of heart,” “blinded,” and “dullness.”

When we take moment to stand back and look at life from God’s perspective or even just a small project in terms of the overall goal, there is always a sigh of relief. The clarity and understanding that comes to you when you choose to change your perspective to a new height will make you want to scream “WOW! LOOK AT THIS!”

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