[per-spek-tiv] noun

1. a technique of depicting volumes and spatial relationships on a flatsurface. Compare aerial perspective, linear perspective.

2. a picture employing this technique, especially one in which it isprominent: an architect’s perspective of a house.

Do you ever lose perspective?  Sometimes an important problem in hindsight is nothing more than a challenge to be conquered.  I experienced one of life’s greatest lessons this week. Jennifer Brigham, happens to be the owner of the company I work for, but she also happens to be an incredible mentor. I consider myself a leader, but Jen blows me away with her ability to lead much alike to Winston Churchill. Her softness never comes across as abrasive or threatening, yet her firmness is implied without having to say a word.

There are two kinds of people in the world. The, “Why Mes,” and the “Why Nots.” Jen, happens to be a “why not.” Her determination to put her best foot forward even in the toughest of situations had me questioning my own ability not to sweat the very, small, stuff. I happened to be bemoaning at the time about the floods, and my worry she might get stuck. Jen lives in a small town right by the St. Croix River in Wisconsin. Sandbagging and flood preparation is already under-weigh. They brought in outdoor port-a-potties, and are planning exit routes.Jen explained that if the flood is as bad as they think, they might have to rebuild their house.

Two days ago, my bank shipped a brand new batch of checks to the wrong address. In 30 seconds, my bank account was closed due to fraud and they reopened an account. I was livid the bank could have made such an error. Here I was tweeting and going on and on about how dis-satisfied I was with my bank when Jen was simply buying supplies to live out of a camper for a few weeks. Here I was pacing my house and thinking, “Why does this ALWAYS happen to me,” while Jen uploaded a photo to facebook of two hands clinking together alcoholic beverages and said, “We’re preparing for the flood.” here I was, acting the FOOL.

Sometimes, the small stuff can take such a hold of us that we are unable to see the larger picture. When the larger picture is lost, so is one of our most valuable assets: perspective.

Which one are you? Are you an adventurer, or are you a chicken little? Are you a, “Why Me?” or a, “Why Not?” I waited for Jen’s world to crumble, while she knew that the most important things couldn’t be swept away by the impending flood waters. Knowing Jen, she’ll be in an inner tube floating next to the geese, Margarita in hand saying, “Isn’t this fun?” That’s a leader, and that is the exact mindset we need to take on, daily.