One of the people that I frequently visit is Jimmy. I have been visiting him for a few years now and I can honestly say that I really look forward to every visit. He is such a thoughtful, articulate gentleman and we love having chats about history, politics and our mutual love of Greek mythology. He teaches me about Chinese culture, as he once lived in China, and we always love to have philosophical conversations that can be very deep and thought-provoking.
One day, we were having one of our philosophical chats and Jimmy told me that he did not like the name ‘Plan with Care’. It just didn’t seem right, he mused. I asked him why, and he told me that he would think about it and get back to me on my next visit. With a twinkle in his eye, he told me he would come up with a new name. I was very curious and looked forward to my next visit all the more!
On my return, I enquired what he thought the company should be called. “Four stones,” he replied. He could see the confusion clearly on my face, so he went on to explain. Imagine there is a wide river that we all need to cross at some point in our lives – there is no easy way, no bridges, and the water is quite deep, making the journey difficult. However, there are those that are crossing that look like they are just walking on water with ease and are able to cross over the river with no trouble at all. What you cannot see are the four stones under the water supporting those people.
These are stones and not bricks, as bricks crumble and break, and can wear over time, but stones are reliable, strong and unwavering. These ones are polished and smooth, with no cracks.
I asked him what the four stones represented to him. He smiled and explained that one was me, his Creative Companion, one was Alise, his Wellbeing Consultant, one was Harriet, his solicitor, and the other was the founders of the company itself. The stones are all stacked on top of each other for one common purpose – to support that person who is crossing over to make their journey easier. It’s still their journey to make, but it is effortless, safe and well-supported, with no fear of falling in.
I love the way he thinks. He just has a truly wonderful way of putting things! Jimmy went on to tell me that he feels very much in control of his situation, which is extremely important to him. He told me that he loves the tiered support and feels well protected, but in complete control of how he wishes to live his life. Jimmy apologised for telling me that he did not like the company name, but I love that he feels free to express his thoughts – and feedback is always welcome, as this is how we grow!