..........we'd all be born with the athletic prowess of Tiger Woods, the looks of Angelina Jolie (or her male equivalent), the intellectual capacity of Isaac Newton, the caring instincts of Mother Theresa, the money making skills of Bill Gates and a billion dollar trust fund - just in case. Clearly that is not the case for many of us but does life have to be quite so difficult for so many human beings on this planet? However the plain fact is that life 'just happens' for the overwhelming majority of us irrespective of how we attempt to control the various circumstances we find ourselves in before they occur. I have worked out what the problem is - it's other people. Having reached that stunningly insightful conclusion it makes each day's vagaries much easier to 'bear'.
All my personal and business 'problems' would simply go away if no other people were involved and I'm pretty sure the same situation would exist for everyone else on the planet. Life would be a whole lot better without politicians, other road users, neighbours, US 'foreign policy', public 'servants', tobacco growers and an endless list of unhelpful 'contributions to daily life'. When you think about it - every single thing that annoys you or gets in your way in everything you do or try to accomplish in your daily life is caused by the thoughtless, greedy or pathologically dangerous actions of other people pernicious influence on my and everyone else's daily lives. However it's the start of another day and such thoughts have to be dispensed with although they are hard to ignore when your day starts with reading the 'industry press' and your over night emails.
Sorry about that.
We need to make a number of decisions over the balance of this week which are fairly difficult and about which we really don't have enough information to make. Nothing out of the normal in many respects but, for whatever reason, they appear more difficult to me than usual. They range from 'simple' decisions like do we sign a lease for additional floor space in our current building or wait until something suitable comes up to purchase to complicated decisions like do we accept an offer to sell the company for far less than it's worth and not have to be concerned about all of the current issues and the even more complex issues that are almost certainly going to confront us, and everyone else, over the coming year? Then there's the 'naked' pricing issues to make a 'final' decision on as well as the continuing decisions that need to be made on the business plan for next year.
Being someone who landed in Australia at a few months short of his 18th birthday, knowing nobody and with less than the equivalent of $100.00 at my disposal I have a pretty good idea of what difficulties life can produce and due to my personal characteristics (for which I blame nobody but myself) I have an even better idea of just how difficult life can be made if you're not very careful....something I have never been capable of being. But....having lived with quite considerable levels of difficulties all of my life it seems that living life without difficulties would be as attractive as living life without being part of a family or without access to single malts or fine wines - pointless and without savour. So perhaps other people do have a purpose other than impeding every sensible action anyone wishes to take.
So, by taking the time to write these words which unfortunately you have had to read, I have stopped being annoyed by what I read earlier and have begun to get on with my day...having wasted the first hour or so reading what a few stupid people had either written publicly or privately.