📅 Thought for today:
 
‘Never forget that the most powerful force on earth is love.’
 
— Nelson Rockefeller
 
#thoughtfortoday #love #loving #compassion #unconditional #benevolence #concern #judgement
 
Nelson A Rockefeller was a politician, philanthropist, and champion of public access to the arts.
 
His grandfather was John D Rockefeller, the oil baron and founder of Standard Oil which in the UK gave us ESSO (S.O.).
 
When I talk of love in business, it can trigger some unusual or immature responses in some quarters, but as a virtue, love can be described as “the unselfish loyal and benevolent concern for the good of another.”
 
The word itself is bound up in many interpretations and meanings, and I guess some of the sniggering in some quarters is the romantic interpretation.
 
I particularly like “benevolent concern” – in people it is exemplified by kindness and well-meaning action. In corporations, it is exemplified by charitable rather than profitable purposes.
 
The moment we move to judgement we lose the love – and we can choose whether to do this or not. Separating behaviour from the good of the person is very hard, we judge people by what they do, and at that moment love is lost.
 
Letting go of judgement takes determination and time.
 
In therapy, we talk of Unconditional Positive Regard – UPR – which is often simply taken to be love. When we act out of love, we act without judgement, with compassion and without condition.
 
Love is unconditional – if there is a condition to your love then it is not love.
 
A bit deep for a rainy Saturday morning I know, yet this is what is in my mind this morning.

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