You were born together, and together you shall be forevermore.
You shall be together when the white wings of death scatter your days.
Ay, you shall be together even in the silent memory of God.
But let there be spaces in your togetherness,
And let the winds of the heavens dance between you.
Love one another, but make not a bond of love:
Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.
Fill each other’s cup but drink not from one cup.
Give one another of your bread but eat not from the same loaf
Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each one of you be alone,
Even as the strings of a lute are alone though they quiver with the same music.
Give your hearts, but not into each other’s keeping.
For only the hand of Life can contain your hearts.
And stand together yet not too near together:
For the pillars of the temple stand apart,
And the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other’s shadow.
“On marriage?” you may be asking? Why on earth are we talking about marriage in a Heart in Business Limited blog? In this organisation we are a little bit like a marriage of a number of people. We all bring such unique and wonderful gifts and skills to this relationship. We are completely different to each other, but yet we complement each other in the most magnificent of ways. I can hardly add 2 + 2, but we have Shanthy, who is a wizz with numbers. Andrew is great at speaking while Nicolas quietly gets on with analysing words and decoding complex charts and contracts. Eudora bonds us together like a spiritual glue, always watching and gauging the energy of the group, often gently reminding us that we may have gone to far or been to sensitive or too caustic. We function a little bit like a harp. We are completely different strings of the same instrument. Together we make the most lovely sound and if one of us is missing, the tune is not quite right.
What does this mean for a business? To be clearer, what does this mean for a heartful business? In a company that works, people and the planet come first. If each member of that company is valued and respected, their individual skills and gifts treasured, put first before the the pursuance of profit, there is no doubt that this company will prosper in all sorts of ways, the least important of which will be the short-term drive for material wealth. To be a part of a company whose pillars stand apart, but without one would disintegrate is to be in a relationship which is sound and healthy. While some may think that to compare a marriage with a company is ludicrous, we at Heart in Business Limited believe that if we treated our colleagues with love and respect, as if they were family members, they would work much harder to ensure the survival of the institution which would mean nothing without its individual parts.
Let there space in our togetherness.