I am writing this having today been to a funeral.
A funeral of a client and a friend…. someone whom I have known for about 17 years and who, over that time, has been someone that I felt knew how to get the most out of life.
So it’s with both sadness and a lot of thought that I write this.
You see recently he had been going through tough times with the economic climate and the fact that his industry has been hit hard. His stress, some of which was a result of business issue and some of which I can only surmise came from other personal matters, impacted upon his health. Eventually he couldn’t cope and chose to escape by leaving the country. He died from a diabetes attack – alone and overseas.
Up until that sad end he had lived and enjoyed a great life, and for that I am thankful. I hope that is one thing we can all say when we look backwards….. that we left the world a better place by being here.
It does however raise the issue as to why he didn’t reach out for help. Business wasn’t irretrievably bad; there is a great deal that could have been done to help him had he asked. But this time he didn’t ask, he stayed silent until the pressure and anxiety caused him to flee from home, family, business and country – and ultimately from life.
As his business advisors, we could have helped him had we known; there is always a way. In his case the situation with his business truly wasn’t that desperate at all. I have seen – and sorted out – far worse.
So, if you take one thing away from this blog entry it’s this: ask us (your business advisors and accountants), and remember the sooner you ask us the better. Sometimes people feel that they have no one to talk to in these circumstances but they do….. we are here to help no matter the situation.
To Len I say goodbye, you made all our lives richer, and I do count myself lucky to have known and been a part of your life.
To everyone else I say, live life like Len to the fullest – but when you need help, guidance or simply someone to discuss the issues, just pick up the phone and call me.