27 November 2010
To get to tomorrow you have to have lived through yesterday
I received a pleasant but slightly odd message this week from an old business contact..it started with "You sound great...".
I assumed that he was referring to how content I am with life and my career, but it turned out to be literal. The interview I gave in April of this year was being repeated on Radio 4 and a mutual friend had heard it and told him to tune in. You can listen to the interview by clicking here
Despite the time that has now passed since I placed Savekers Ltd in administration, back in March 2009, it clearly remains a relevant story to many. The interview covers a very personal journey for myself, my family and those employed and involved with the company - but the story isn't just ours. Since the broadcast this week, I have been inundated with emails and messages from people that have shared similar situations and stories, people that used to work for Savekers years ago (and remember when I was born!) and others that have simply been moved by my account.
The support and emotions shown by those that have contacted me since March 2009 are simply overwhelming and mean more to me than I can express. I'm often told that the honesty shown when recalling what happened is refreshing - it's the only I knew how to deal with it. I continue to hope that the very painful times we went through can at least serve to help others.
I wanted to share a few of the comments I have received:
"...Good luck to you Dani; I have no doubt that your Grandfather and Great Grandfather are looking down on you with enormous pride and big smiles..."
"...Saveker's was a very special family business and all the staff and workers belonged to that family...As I listened to you speak on the radio I too remembered the big green doors and the stone steps up to the offices. Mr Ron's at one end and reception at the other. I have such fond memories of those happy days of employment."
"...But I am so impressed with your website and blog and the way you battled on and dealt with practical and emotional issues with such bravery. I am full of admiration for you and my heart goes out to you"
"...just finished listening to your story on radio 4..I was absolutely transfixed and forbade anyone to talk on my school run! - It was so moving and really felt for the anguish you and many others were going through..a bereavement almost. Looks like you are doing other things, but hoping you can take the positives about the experience, and also keeping in check the weight you must feel concerning all ‘the others’ that had to look for other jobs etc.
- I could almost feel myself the weight of emotions you had to bear in having to let all these ‘friends and family’ go, and see the family tradition changing"
"...the feelings that you talk so clearly about, really reminded me of when I had to put a company into receivership ..for a moment I was transported back to being 28, ... I remembered how it felt to let everyone down. Years later I realise that you cant buy that experience...I hope that neither you or I have to face it again..."
"...I truly understand what you went through, pain, raw fear, despair.... but life goes on and you recover stonger.."
"...through all this you are an inspiration to others. to me you are always an inspiration xx"
A very big thank you to all those that have taken the time to share their thoughts and feelings - and given such amazing support. The future is looking extremely happy for us now .