I don’t want to bring down the mood…I’m no Buzz Killington….but late last year my dad died. It was sudden, and shocking and awful. For a month he was in intensive care before he passed away and so in total there were about two months of uncertainty and scheduling visits and fear and worry and support for mum and then grief and horror and emptiness.
I promised I wouldn’t bring down the mood, so “why are you writing this Al?” I hear you ask.
Well it’s simple really. All those trite sayings. All those tropes. Those clichés. You know the ones- life is too short; seize the day; life is not a rehearsal.
They’re all true.
My dad was a great businessman and a wonderful dad and gramps. What happened to him came out of the blue. And when he was in hospital there was a fella aged about 30 in the next bed who had also had a massive stroke. It really can happen to any of us.
So my heartfelt message in this brief blog is that we should all treat every day as precious. Do those things you’ve been putting off. Be kind to people rather than dismissive or ignorant. Try to make your world and the lives of those around you better.
I’ll end with a quote from Gladiator (not “On my mark unleash hell”…that’d be weird!). No the quote is “What we do in life echoes in eternity”.
From a business perspective if nothing else, maybe we can all work in a more collegiate, helpful and positive way. I’m going to try to do that, and to live life to the full. Dad taught me that before he died, and the full truth of his lessons only now fully hits home.
Alex Holt, Director of Business Development