We say
that when we love someone
we want
what’s best for them.

What we don’t say,
but mean,
is that we may even want to make sure
they get the best.

So much so
that we may personally feel responsible
for giving them the best.

Even if it means making ourselves vulnerable
to feeling ashamed,
when we inevitably realize
that we are unable
to fulfill our responsibility.

Not because we did not
or could not give
but because our heart knows no limits
on how much
to give them.


The root
of “wisdom”
is “weid-,”
“to see.”

When we realize empathy,
we connect
our experience
with that
of another.

we did not know
to connect.

And it is in that instant,
we come to see
we previously
did not.

If Steve is right
that creativity
is coming to see something
could not
by connecting
then perhaps realizing empathy
is creativity
imbued with the wisdom
of love.

It wasn’t the Culture

He thinks
he cultivated a company culture
that motivated me
and brought out
my best.

In reality,
I thought he was the father
I never had.

I was motivated
not to work hard,
but to get his _love_
instead of my father’s.

Because it was easier.

After all,
all it required
was to work

Working hard
was not enough
for my father.

I’m glad
the culture didn’t block me
from seeking his love,
but it wasn’t the culture
that motivated me
or brought out
my best.


The person
whose love,
and respect we need
is often also the person
whose need for love,
and respect
we neglect
to appreciate
or understand fully.

Love, Hope, Trust

we need to feel trusted
by others
before we can trust

we need to be shown hope
by others
before we can see hope

we need to feel loved
by others

before we can love

As Doth a Streetlight

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“Lights On” / Seung Chan Lim (Slim) / March 20, 2020 / North Columbus Dr., Chicago, IL


As doth
a streetlight,
being there
for each other
with their lights on,
with nary a guarantee
of the future,
will get through this.


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After Love or Hate?

of the most common emotions
founders discover
within themselves
is vengefulness.

In the presence
of vengefulness
it’s sometimes worth asking
whether our time
is best spent
on what we hate
what we love.

Because sometimes
we may only have enough time
to choose
who or what we love
who or what we hate.

the lack of time
isn’t always obvious
until we explore
the question.

In fact,
we may not even realize
that we are experiencing
until we realize empathy
with ourselves.

Love vs Relationship

Love is a force that can hold the space between “self” and “other.”
Relationship is the quality of space between “self” and “other.”

Being in love with an “other,”
and having a good relationship with them
are two different issues.

Whether the “other” is people, work, things, etc…

  1. You can be in love with them,
    and not have such a wonderful relationship.
  2. You can have a wonderful relationship with them,
    and not be in love.

Let us not confuse concern with love.

Let us not confuse concern with love.

There’s nothing wrong with feeling concern for the people we love. At the same time, concern arises out of fear, not love. Yes, concern can be fueled by care, but care is not love.

It’s worth asking ourselves if desires like “I want my employees to perform better” or “I want my students to be successful,” are born out of fear or love.

The kinds of design that emerge out of repressed and unidentified fear can be unhelpful to others at best and harmful at its worst.