Why are we here? No really, why ARE we here? What’s the point in it all?

I asked my sister, Suzy, this not so long ago and she told me that the reason we’re here, on planet earth, is to love and to be loved.

That shut me up.

Generally speaking, I have a natural tendency (or habit) to put a positive spin on things. It’s served me well in many ways – every now and again I spiral ever downwards and briefly lose the ability to believe that there is anything good in the world. Thankfully, though, these spells are infrequent and short. I was told recently that only focussing on the positive creates blind-spots. I didn’t understand what that meant at the time.

I do now.

The last few weeks have been challenging, to say the very least. And the blind-spot analogy rang very true.

By only focussing on the positive aspects of our business, I neglected an area that required attention. And I have observed, in my life, that the universe has a habit of forcing things upon me when I ignore them (or deny them).

So, once again, many more lessons are being learned (see, positive spin, I can’t help it) and it’s actually refreshing to be in a space of reality rather than dressing something up to be better (or different) than it is.

One thing that always surprises me is how supportive people are. Running a small business by default means having good times and tough times. And I’m very, very grateful to all those people who are there to support us during both.

And as for our business, having looked at, and I mean really looked at it, we’re making some changes and it’s been an emotional time for all involved. And I want to thank our team from the bottom of my heart for being such fabulous, understanding and supportive individuals.

One thing I’m happy to report is that the S and the K in SK Chase are enjoying a stronger and more real partnership than ever before.

I now truly understand what the word ‘together’ means. And I’m definitely up for giving some love – and joyfully and gratefully receiving it.