Love is a Professional Word
Several months ago, I got the chance to attend Keeping Families Together, a one-day event put on by Our Sister Our Brother. We had the good fortune of having Aysha Schomburg, Associate Commissioner of the Children’s Bureau, give a welcome address.
Associate Commissioner Schomburg spoke of the urgent need to provide supports and resources to keep families safely together and to prevent family separation. She called on us - all of us- to see ourselves in those that we seek to serve. To observe the systems we operate and work within, and to examine the parts causing harm to our communities and our future.
She also said something that particularly struck me. She said, “Love is a professional word.”
I wrote that phrase down so it could marinate in my mind.
We don’t talk a lot about love in the workplace. Love is usually considered personal, too gooey or unreasonable for the structure of work. The professional is concrete, cerebral, contained.
But why do you work? And why, especially, are you doing this work?