May 17, 2021 Jo

Love Anyway!

A few weeks ago I wrote about inspiration. Let’s continue talking about it today! I love coming across great quotes, you know, the type that just hits home.

Any leaders I know keep a stash of inspirational quotes because if you’re building a business, however small or large, you’re gonna need the sources of inspiration to keep going.

So I’m going to share a quote with you today, that I really love. It is by Ludwig van Beethoven, one of our greatest composers.

“‘I’ve learned to look at the world in all its darkness and evil and still love it.” 

So how is that even possible?

You might have vendors that are being crappy, clients who don’t pay their bills or quitting halfway through, trolls attacking you on social media, or people opinionating about your product or services… you might be worrying about the global pandemic or politics. There might be so much coming at you right now. And the truth is, there is a lot of evil in this world. There might even be people in your sphere that are trying to bring you down. But can you still love the world?

Your way of loving the world

Because if you’re selling a service, you’re gonna have to figure out how to love the world, warts and all. Because the people who are displaying those very undesirable traits, whether they’re really critical or just plain mean, they might be the ones who need you the most.

I often find that the people who spend all their time criticising others are usually a bit lost and bored themselves, and to paraphrase another great man, Viktor Frankl: “When life lacks meaning, people do meaningless things”. Sometimes they just need a new vision, something new to focus on.

But maybe you’re great at creating something new for others. Maybe you hold that service that is changing people’s lives for the better. And you are willing to give it to them.

That might be your way to love the world anyway.