C'est la vie. That's life. So ist das Leben. Shit happens.
I've been a bit preoccupied again lately and am not having much time either for writing blog posts myself or much reading of others' blogs. I am dealing with some niggling business problems, nothing serious, but nevertheless time consuming. That is part of being a businessman, or I suppose, of being a garbage man or someone on Britney Spear's staff -- cleaning up when someone makes a mess.
I explained to my son years ago, after he had told me that he wanted to join me in my businesses, that he would have to start at the bottom, to do the crappiest jobs, to do things no-one else wanted to do. What did cleaning toilets have to do with becoming a business owner, he asked. Plenty. It helps you keep perspective and to understand that every job in the organization is important and that it has to be done by someone. More importantly, it is symbolic. It is a way of getting to understand that when you are in a position of authority, you are responsible for everything that happens in your watch, and that you must be prepared to deal with it, good or bad.
So, for a few days, I am negotiating, writing and reading long letters and emails, and in a few days the problems will be solved. I ain't complaining, folks. Life is what it is and whatever happens, we have to deal with it. There are lots of real problems in the world: hunger, disease, war and so much more. At least I don't have to deal with that.
So ist das Leben.