The Art of Loving
“What does one person give to another? He gives of himself, of the most precious he has, he gives of his life. This does not necessarily mean that he sacrifices his life for the other – but that he gives him of that which is alive in him; he gives him of his joy, of his interest, of his understanding, of his knowledge, of his humor, of his sadness — of all expressions and manifestations of that which is alive in him. In thus giving of his life, he enriches the other person, he enhances the other’s sense of aliveness by enhancing his own sense of aliveness. He does not give in order to receive; giving is in itself exquisite joy. But in giving he cannot help bringing something to life in the other person, and this which is brought to life reflects back to him.”
— Erich Fromm, The Art of Loving
I felt compelled to share this as the beauty of the words radiate optimism and fulfilment. They narrate the sweet emotion and hopefulness which we all seek.
Life is full of negativity and cynicism but the power of love overrides this.
It truly makes it worth it.
To love ourselves is paramount in achieving fulfilment. To love another can create completeness.
Why do we plunge in, and drown in despair and critical content, yet tread carefully when it comes to love?
Love is everywhere. It embraces family with its gentle and secure grasp. It walks with friendships, connecting similar minds and hearts. It looks up at you unconditionally from the eyes of the furry family member. It is there in the eyes of your lover and soul mate.
Erich clearly portrays the positives and richness of this magical experience.
Maybe it is time to drown in the good and close the door firmly on what aims to destroy us.
To reach out and connect is truly a life changing experience. It creates life. It creates clarity.
Choose to live.
The mind of a deep thinker…or complete rubbish…it is all down to interpretation and perception…