In the years I flew helicopters around Alaska, I rarely knew exactly where I was. We had maps, but being precise about your location while traveling at 130 miles per hour was difficult and unnecessary. It was unnecessary because I used landmarks to measure my progress and keep me on my path.
When I began flying in the Gulf of Mexico, we plotted a path from shore to a platform or a rig in the Gulf of Mexico. Some of those paths involved flying over open water without any reference point for more than an hour. We simply set our course and flew the amount of time we thought it should take based on winds. What a change from having a general idea of my location to having no idea! I was uneasy with this flying, but got pretty good at it after a few thousand hours. Later, I flew aircraft with accurate navigation systems and my last five years flying EMS was spent using Global Positioning Satellite navigation.
My first thought about my path is it’s more like flying over the water in the Gulf of Mexico. Further reflection, suggests it’s more like flying in Alaska. There are signs and landmarks everywhere. Think about Unity’s five principles and possible signs suggesting we’re off the path: