You know what it’s like – you have days where nothing much is happening, then everything happens at once. We have a lot of big projects at the moment, and yesterday we were having one of those days. Everything needs to be finished NOW, and nothing we were doing seemed to be working. The stress levels were rising and Malcolm was chain drinking coffee! Then the phone rang, and I got to it first. I was a bit stunned to hear the voice at the other end tell me she was phoning from the coroners office, and was ringing about a recent death here. It took a second to work out she had the wrong number (our number is very similar to a local doctors, and she wanted them). Once I’d politely sent her on her way I put the phone down. Malcolm asked who was on the phone, so I said ‘The coroner, are you dead??’ He laughed and said no, and that I looked a bit lively to interest them. It broke the stress and made us both laugh, sometimes we need to be reminded life’s not that bad really, and that did it properly. A little bit Monty Python, I would break into song with ‘Always look on the bright side of life’, but I don’t think your ears could take it! On the way home on my bike I saw the white van man that had tried to kill me on the way to work being told off by the traffic cops. The cherry on the icing on the cake to return me to my normal smiley self
If someone had told me this week we’d have problems with something bouncing, I’d have immediately thought of the cheque I’ve just paid into our business account (and I’d be a bit disappointed, I love paying funds in – it all feels worth it when you’re paid!). I would have been wrong, the bouncy problem had nothing to do with money, rather something worth much more that that. Our youngest son, Daniel, went to his friends house at the weekend, and managed to bounce and slip on their trampoline, causing a pain in his back. I took yesterday off to look after him and take him to see the doctor. It’s just a bad bruise, but you can’t be too careful where backs are concerned (and he was making a huge fuss!). It did prove something we already knew, that Daniel is amazingly accident prone, and can injure himself anywhere! As I had yesterday off, and we were expecting a delivery today, I got into the office very early this morning. Daniel was already awake when I left home, and looking as if yesterdays problems hadn’t happened! If only all of life’s little bumps in the road were as easily remedied! This has all reminded me that something we have always been good at, as a family as well as a company. We recognise what’s really important, and what’s just a distraction. I think that’s the reason that our clients love to work with Malcolm, as he delivers when it’s important, and never tries to sell something with more style than substance.