Photo of mist in a mountain range

Letters From Leton: Perspective

Last week was the Winter Solstice, the point and time of the year when the sun has gone as far south in our daily skies as it will before beginning the journey north again. One aspect of living in the mountains (with their folds, peaks, and contours) is that the light from the ever-moving sun highlights subtleties of geography that can go unnoticed for long periods during the year.

This perspective hit one morning this week as the angle of the light showed me a portion of the High Knob that I had never noticed in my many years of passing by. A length of land suddenly stood on its own away from the imposing mountain siding over the valley. I was in the right place at the right time and saw things in a different light.

This time of year is a reminder of the subtilities of our own life. The changes that have happened in the current year (births, deaths, career changes, new friends) and the “looking forward” to the promises and aspirations of a new year. Sometimes, as we think about the past, we can fail to measure and enjoy the present. The present and future are the only things we can influence in life, in family, or in business (and banking).

During this time of year, as you stand at the right spot and at the right time, I hope the light of the season allows you to see the subtilities of all the gifts that surround you.

Happy New Years to you and your family. Have a great week.
– Leton

“Letters From Leton” is a blog series comprised of the weekly updates that Leton Harding – President, Chairman, and CEO of Powell Valley National Bank, shares with the Bank’s team members. These newsletters are full of uplifting anecdotes and intriguing insights that are applicable beyond the Bank, so we want to share them with you.