What man alive would not seize the day that offered him absolute freedom and autonomy? I guess that was the question I asked myself 6 years ago anyways. Today the world is the same but I see it differently and yet I haven’t changed. Maybe I am a little fatter, a little grayer and a little wiser. Please place emphasis on the word “little”. Certainly I am a “lot” poorer in financial terms, but like anything in nature what we leave in the bank is debited from life ie; a type of conservation of energy so to speak. In other words a life brimming with experiences creates a different kind of currency albeit a currency most banks cannot receive.
I am reminded of a line from William Shakespears, “Henry V” where King Henry speaks to his soldiers prior to the battle of Agincourt. He speaks to his men and calls on them as his “Band of Brothers”.
As small business owners, we too are a “Band of Brothers” although we rarely lose our lives in the process, we do experience a sense of being in a battle. This brotherhood can only be earned through the process of fighting the battle and fighting it well, whether we survive or not.
From William Shakespeares Henry V
“This story shall the good man teach his son;
From this day to the ending of the world,
But we in it shall be remembered-
We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
For he to-day that sheds his blood with me
Shall be my brother; be he never alive so vile,
This day shall gentle his condition;
And gentlemen in England now in bed
Shall think themselves cursed that they too were not here,
And hold their man hoods cheap whiles any speaks
That fought with us upon Saint Crispin’s day”
And so, side by side, we enter the battlefield once again and take pity on those who chose not to seize the day.