Tomorrow is going to be a celebration in Yummy with our wider friends in pub World. We’re going to be celebrating life, hell why wouldn’t we, it’s a beautiful thing!
It’s a sad day.
A woman whom I only met on a couple of brief occasions loved life. Since her death I’ve been overwhelmed of how special she was to thousands of people she touched throughout it. Its sad for me because if we had asked Keith to be our chairman earlier, I’m certain she would have become a real inspiration and special person in my life as Keith has become in such a short time. But ironically, the legacy she has left behind which is being celebrated and kept alive through her work and foresight makes me feel as if I knew her far better. Maybe its testament to them both that they are just some of the special people life produces? Maybe its because life doesn’t make us who we are, we make life?
I love life.
I’m not a passenger in the process, blaming the World around me for my failings, I grab it by the horns and I run with it. My childhood taught me that everything can be taken away from you, because it was, but they are just ‘things’ they can always be replaced – houses, cars, toys, computers, photographs, clothes, gadgets, but people, people can never be replaced.
Franca will be celebrated tomorrow by trying to save other lives. She will be looking down, proud, so proud of her brood and what they are doing. Her husband is a legend, she has turned him into one of the most generous and compassionate people I have ever had the privilege to meet. He can do it because he took life by the horns, gave it a bloody big kick up the arse and has built and still building an amazing business. His passion bleeds into his kids and the people that surround him. I’m honoured to be part of it.
For the next 366 days, starting today, I’m going to challenge my life to do something different, not huge, it’s the detail in life that’s precious and I’m going to love it and live it. Today my boy gave me a cuddle in bed, first thing he asked to do when he woke up, I take that for granted, but not today, its date stamped, recorded, treasured.
Tomorrow I’m going to challenge all of my people in the company I have built to inspire others to do the same. I have an amazing army of loons in Yummy. I’m going to ask them to ask every customer, every tweeter, facebook friend, blogger we meet to send out a really simple message – Together, Saving Lives.
I can’t imagine what the loss of a child can feel like. I know what losing a dad is like, I know what losing close and cherished friends is like, but never seeing one of my boys again, no thank you. That can stay in the box that says ‘do not open’. If either of my two, or indeed Lucy needed anything from me to save their lives, I wouldn’t even hesitate, I’d trade mine to see them flourish in a heart beat.
But people do have to say goodbye and clearly everyone deals with the loss in a different way. For Yasser and Vicki it is to just save one other person from leaving before their time. Maybe the big man upstairs looks down and sees that as futile, but bollocks to him, people that look down from the top should always be prepared for the unplanned to happen, for true inspiration to thrive www.teammargot.com is just that.
My admiration for them both can’t be put into words, another of life’s special people.
So, go and take a look. How amazing would you feel if you saved a life without having to smash down the door of a burning building, dive of a bridge into ice cold waters, leap in front of a uncontrollable lorry? (even though all of that is pretty barn cool).
Everyone can be a hero.
Even if its just sticking two cotton buds in your mouth for a minute or two, licking an envelope and popping it in the post. What comes after if you are ‘the chosen one’ is just a bit of pain at worst. I’m thinking its like falling off my bike when I was 12, it’s the worst pain I can ever remember (even though technically we can’t actually remember pain, apparently) my face was totally cut up, my knees were bleeding, my elbows were ripped to pieces, but the amazing thing about us humans, is its all gone, healed, not because I’m superman (ssshh) but because I’m healthy (with some added padding that’s being removed by gym and fruit tea currently), I can fight it all, unfortunately there are plenty that can’t.
If you don’t fancy it, just spread the word.
Tell everyone tomorrow about it. Send an email, mention it in a meeting, use the #liveyourlifeday #togethersavinglives – it only takes one match, just one match to be a hero.
When Finny and I left our meeting on Monday to head home after he had been with me for the day he said, “Daddy, when I grow up can I be like Keith?”
Pretty good judge of character my non exec.
I replied “That would be a great thing buddy, but as long as you stick to mum’s dress code.
When I’m gone I hope I can be remembered as Franca is, it’s a stunning legacy.
Live Your Life, doing it saving another would just be Amazing – Together Saving Lives.