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INSIGHT: Up and Away?

Peter Nicholson

Alt Perspective

Alternatives emerge after takeoff. The evolution begins on the way to the airport. The urgency of a hundred details begins to fade. Despite my best intentions, some tasks just won’t get done. Being an executive director requires a split perspective, concurrently focusing on the long- and short-term. In reality, the big picture only gets an occasional blurry glance. The airplane door closes and my mindset shifts. It isn’t the vehicle, but rather the act of leaving and the relative seclusion that instigates the change. There is nothing that I can do down/back there for the next few hours. Forget in-flight internet. I need these altered perspective portals, the way they allow ideas to surface as if they’re new and haven’t been waiting there all along. I love the holidays for the departure they provide from the ordinary. The lights, music and decorations provide a welcome counterpoint to the onset of winter. Foresight’s sustainability projects can be complex and intense. I try to retain as much holiday levity as possible, store it up like a fat reserve, knowing that eventually, the calendar page will turn, and all the daily normalness come rushing back at me.