Love has mysterious ways of being fulfilled. All of us seek fulfilment in some form or other. Some seek it in relationships; others seek it through power, name, fame or money. The common factor, however, is the truth that all of us seek fulfilment. All things that we seek, except love, put us in “wanting mode” and not in “fulfilling mode”. Love is the only energy which mysteriously makes you feel fulfilled. So, in the corporate context, can you bring in love? Yes, if you do what you love and love what you do. Love your work, love your difficulties, and love the richness of difference between you and your boss. What is wrong with having differences? Why should you see the difference without the energy of love? If you bring love energy to your work front, then you won’t need a holiday from work, for the work itself becomes a holiday.
Love is experienced when you accept people for what they are and motivate them to peak their potential. Love makes one enjoy one’s relationship and one’s work and builds trust. Through this process, you accept the weakness and faults of the other – be it your boss or spouse – and learn to love them for what they are. During the civil war, someone approached Abraham Lincoln and said, “We have an enemy, and somehow we should get rid of them. Destroy them”. Lincoln responded, “If I turn my enemy into a friend, have I not slain my enemy?” This is the power of love. Lincoln continued his commitment to make friends of his enemies. Can we learn from Lincoln the power of love, the power of commitment? In one’s organization there can be internal enemies. Instead of being stressed out, learn to love them, accept them, make friends and transform them. The whole process involves love, which leads to fulfilment.
Love gives the power of “direct perception”. In day to day living, there is no direct perception because your perception is through resistance. You resist through your likes and dislikes. Your likes and dislikes become your rigid framework. Without direct perception, in the corporate world, you can’t see others objectively; for your rigid likes and dislikes interfere in your perception. You try to safeguard and protect what you want and hence are not free to see the other objectively. Understanding happens, when you see the “other” person as he is. This is true both at the workplace and at home. Understanding comes through being aware of “what is”. To know “what is”, you should not allow your interpretation, prejudice, and conclusions to interfere in your perception. See “what is” without condemnation, without giving personal slants that is always in “self-love”.
True love is not self-love. Self-love is exclusive whereas true love is always inclusive; it is never exclusive. When you exclude the other, you are in conflict with the other and hence there is chaos. When you truly love the other, then you include the other so that you are not in conflict. Team spirit happens in such an inclusive space. The corporate world will be in pink of health, if you learn to explore how to bring in love as the basis of your work. This should be our real goal. From this backdrop, go ahead in reaching your materialistic targets. Then life is truly fulfilling.
- All We Need is Love….Happy New Year! (natureswalkphotography.com)
- Disagreeing with Lincoln (bycommonconsent.com)
- The Meaning of True Love (from a Buddhist’s Perspective). (elephantjournal.com)
- The LOVE (tonyhaynespoetry.com)