There is an old saying about March: “In like a lamb, out like a lion.”

That is indeed true today! Tornado watches, warnings, thunderstorm warnings – they are all bouncing all over the place. I know we needed the rain, but this is crazy weather. It reminds of Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde. Some days I think we all feel like that, and it is just natural.

Yesterday, I had to do something I have never had to do before. As I try to be ethical and do the right thing all the time, sometimes, I just can’t seem to find the right words for the situation. I want to be compassionate, and I want to explain everything. Sometimes, it’s just easier to ignore the situation and hope it goes away. But I’m not like that. I want to know WHY, and I have the need to explain the “why” when it involves someone else. Dealing with strangers is one thing; dealing with friends is completely different. It’s a hard part of life, but it makes each of us stronger when we do go through those hard times. How do people separate the business from the personal? I find them intertwined often as we make friendships and business relationships.

Ah, the joys of owning a business where you alone are responsible for the well-being of others. Even if it is not my responsibility, I feel like it is when I am employing people. Companies, both small and large, rely on people, and those people rely on the companies. It may seem easy to just quit a job, but it’s a major deal to an employer when they have to replace that person. To people who have to be let go, it can seem easy to blame an employer, but that employer had to make a decision that could affect the survival of the company. For a small business, the owner probably has so many personal financial responsibilities tied up in that company that he knows he has to do something, or he might lose his company, or worse yet, be homeless. I see this all the time. This applies to so many businesses, not just music. It’s hard trying to create and grow a business, and that’s where the balance is the key in those personal and business relationships. I just hope I can find that balance.