The leader stands tall in the midst of chaos and gloom. He or she remains strong when others run away. Why? Because someone has to do it. Someone has to hold the oar steady when waves hit the boat. Someone has to keep going along the road, even inch by inch, when everyone is bogged down by rain and mud. Someone has to stay focused and continue to learn and assess the real situation instead of jumping to an early conclusion.
Without a sound mind, results are that much harder to achieve. Thus, remain calm, leave the past behind, look at the future only to see where you want to go, but focus on the present and first task at hand. The past and future are sources of grief: the past cannot be changed and the future is largely unknown. The present is the only time when you can achieve a sense of purpose and thus true happiness.
Therefore, choose to be patient with your spouse today on matters that used to bug you before. Choose not to raise your voice at your children when they misbehave, but instead kindly hug them and gently re-instruct them on how to behave. Choose to go out of your way to help an uncooperative coworker or neighbor. Choose to show appreciation to those who receive little of it in their line of work. These are acts of leadership because they all take the lead to change the trend and momentum of a normal yet sour situation.
When it rains, Sun Tzu shines. When the rain falls, Sun Tzu rises to the occasion. These times of challenge are made for you, to test your courage, capability, character. Do you have what it takes to act with leadership? You certainly do, because you have the ability to choose your path wisely.