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Sunday, March 26, 2017

Emotional Intelligence: What is it?

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Most people have heard of an intelligence quotient (IQ).  It supposedly measures how successful a person will be in their work.

It has been noted, however, that “people with average IQs outperform those with the highest IQs 70% of the time.”  It turns out that emotional intelligence (EQ) can be far more telling than IQ.

Nevertheless, EQ is tough to define.  It’s that “certain something” which top dogs often have.  Seeking to define this further, Dr. Travis Bradberry came up with 15 components.  These include self-awareness, empathy, flexibility, self-confidence and forgiveness.

Emotionally intelligent people tend to have a good work/life balance, to limit negative self-talk, to unplug regularly, and “to get enough sleep.”  This image differs greatly from that of the driven genius who burns candles by night and rubber by day.       


Copyright March 26, 2017 by Linda Van Slyke   All Rights Reserved

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Monkeys saw, monkeys helped

Duende Sculpture   (Photo by Rene Mayorga)
When a group of monkeys in the Bolivian Amazon came upon a lost person, they decided to help.

Maycool Coroseo Acuna had wandered away from his tour guide during a Pachamama ritual.  This ceremony is “designed to thank Mother Earth for allowing visitors into the rainforest.”

Perhaps Mother Earth was displeased with Acuna’s lack of participation, for he soon disappeared from view.  Some locals blamed Duende, a “mischievous sprite… that can send victims into another dimension.”

Duende, however, didn’t realize that monkey heroics could ruin his scheme.  When found nine days later, Acuna told rescuers that “he was only able to survive because of a group
of monkeys that dropped fruit for him and led him to water and shelter every day.”

Acuna did not seem to know the cause of his disappearance.  He merely explained that “the urge to escape the rain forest was irresistible.”    

Copyright March 25, 2017 by Linda Van Slyke   All Rights Reserved

Friday, March 24, 2017

'God's Problem Child' is 'Still Not Dead'

Nelson in 2007  (Photo by Robbiework)
Although long-standing breathing difficulties have recently come and gone, Willie Nelson is (as always) very much alive.

He is presumably still grappling with God.  Raised within the Methodist Church, Nelson has drawn inspiration from numerous sources.  In his book, The Tao of Willie, Nelson cites some teachings of Lao Tzu and emphasizes the following:  Underlying everything is the simple idea of love.  At times, he has also discussed beliefs in reincarnation.

Nevertheless, Nelson tends to returns to his Christian roots.  When Abbott Methodist Church, “where he first performed as a musician,” was in danger of closing, Nelson purchased the building “so the congregation could continue holding services.”  He has included “many Christian-themed songs and gospel albums” in his repertoire.

Nelson has undertaken many social-justice causes.  “A staunch environmentalist,” he practices what he preaches.  Willie's home is powered by the sun, and his tour buses run on biodiesel fuel.  He has played “countless benefit concerts” for “family farmers” in need.

Grappling aside, Nelson honors the Grand Mystery of it all.  He has stated:  I don’t think any person has any special knowledge about what God has planned for me and you any more than me and you do.


Copyright March 24, 2017 by Linda Van Slyke   All Rights Reserved