I am currently reading Erich Fromm’s The Art of Loving. Fromm was a big thinker in the field of psychology in the 40’s and 50’s. His first seminal work was Escape From Freedom in 1941. Today, I offer you this quote to think about the underpinning of your relationships, not your romantic ones, rather your working ones. Is your power in giving or receiving?
“Giving is the highest expression of potency. In the very act of giving, I experience my strength, my wealth, my power. This experience of heightened vitality and potency fills me with joy. I experience myself as overflowing, spending, alive, hence as joyous. Giving is more joyous than receiving, not because it is a deprivation, but because in the act of giving lies the expression of my aliveness.”
Erich Fromm, The Art of Loving
So, while you are ploughing through your work this week, notice the moments that you can shift into a giving action with your child or loved one, colleague or employee, your boss or (yes) even a “vendor.”