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Perspective

We each hold a perspective on life that is unique to us. It is our treasure to hold and to share.

Looking our from their spacecraft, and seeing the earth below, many astronauts become aware of a profound shift in their consciousness.  Commonly described as the 'Overview Effect'. 

 

"It is the experience of seeing firsthand the reality of the Earth in space, which is immediately understood to be a tiny, fragile ball of life, "hanging in the void", shielded and nourished by a paper-thin atmosphere. From space, national boundaries vanish, the conflicts that divide people become less important, and the need to create a planetary society with the united will to protect this "pale blue dot" becomes both obvious and imperative." Ian O'Neil

We don't think everyone needs to rocket into space to experience this.  It's as if we are looking out of our own personal porthole, what we see and how we experience what we see is completely unique to us.

 

We can also easily get caught up in of our small worlds. Gaining 'perspective' is something that can be gained with a walk up to the ancient elevated Maori pa site called Onekawa, some 15 minutes drive outside Opotiki.

 

With commanding views up and down the coast and out to legendary Whakaari (White Island) a lookout was kept for approaching enemy waka. (war canoes)

 

Keeping life and its events in perspective is an useful mindset to have.

 

What's important in life and what is not?

 

Stepping outside our own immediate world of concerns and looking down on ourselves can be  useful skill to acquire.

Allow 2 hours for the circuit walk and reflective time at the top.

 

Closer bike distance alternative:

Spend time ambling about the old Opotiki Cemetery.