What does love mean?



The rose

Some say love it is a river,
that drowns the tender reed.
Some say love it is a razor,
that leaves your soul to bleed.
Some say love it is a hunger,
an endless aching need.
I say love it is a flower
and you its only seed.
It’s the heart afraid of breaking,
that never learns to dance.
It’s the dream afraid of waking, that never takes the chance.
It’s the one who won’t be taken,
who cannot seem to give.
And the soul afraid of dying, that never learns to live.
When the night has been too lonely,
and the road has been too long.
And you think that love is only
for the lucky and the strong.
Just remember in the winter far beneath the bitter snows,
lies the seed
that with the sun’s love
in the spring
becomes the rose.

A story about connecting

The other day I was at an event about changes going on in education. A relatively strong focus was put on how digital tools change the way we learn and teach. During the break, I walked up to a person and asked, “Are you Raphael?” Immediately, he said “Yes, I am.” Then I said, “We follow each other on Twitter. I am Frank, hello. It’s nice to meet you.”

During our great conversation, we quickly agreed that more and more people connect this way. First, we follow people online, for example on Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram etc. And one day, when we are at an event, in a supermarket / shop and/or simply on our way from a to b, we bump into people we follow on social media.

It struck me that just a few years ago, it was the other way around. You met someone at an event or somewhere else. And then, in a second step, you connected on the Internet / on social media.

Amazing how digital is changing how we live our lives. What do you think?

Vulnerability is a sign of strength

I think I have always thought that showing vulnerability is a sign of weakness. After reading the phenomenal book Rising Strong by Brené Brown, I learned that vulnerability is a sign of strength. And just the other day, I came across the video embedded below about the importance of vulnerability. I wish we could have more role models on this. In this regard, I would encourage as many CEOs as possible – particularly CEOs of large companies – to take the lead here.