I’m a lucky guy. I receive love from quite a large number of people. It comes in many forms, from close intimacy with a few individuals to acts of kindness and recognition from many others. Love drives me upward when I’m at my best. It also gives me footholds when I need to climb out of a hole I’ve fallen into.
Part of my luck is by design, based on the love that flows out from me. I see that love is similar to the concentric circles created when a rock is thrown into a pond. I’m the rock, and I must love myself in order for the waves of endearment to move outward. The closest circle is formed by those who make up my inner life: my wife, children and grandchildren. The second ripple is made up of my close friends and colleagues. Outer ripples come from acquaintances within the community, clients our companies have served over many years and thousands of friends from this and previous blogs.
In my opinion, if one’s life is compared to a thriving business, love is the currency that makes it successful.