What are your mountains?

Posted by Stephen M. Nipper at June 21, 2005 12:01 AM

A couple of months ago, co-rethinker Matt flew out to Boise to put on a CLE for the Idaho State Bar's Intellectual Property Law Section on patent reform. He's an excellent speaker and I was glad to have him out for the day.

Matt arrived late at night, did the CLE first thing in the morning and was back on a plane to Toledo by mid-afternoon. On the way back to the airport I took a quick detour to the top of "TableRock"... a plateau that overlooks the city.

The entire drive up there Matt's eyes were glued to the foothills (coming from the flat Midwest they were "mountains"). He was really impressed, in awe over the scenery, snapping pictures left and right. To him it was all new.

That is what he saw...what did I see?

At first, nothing. Same old scenery. But his excitement was contagious. I suddenly saw the same things...mountains, foothills, trees....things that I take for granted. I see them every day, but didn't necessarily SEE them every day.

So my question for you is...what are your mountains? The mountains you see everyday, but don't SEE? Is it your spouse? Your kids? Your staff?

My challenge to your eyes today and appreciate that which you often overlook today.

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