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emotional intelligence and depression

A young child is on a beach playing in the sand. She is fixed in her attention to build a sandcastle and another child trips and falls and smashes her work. Crying ensues.

Upset is part of the human condition. And a supremely happy person is not an accident, nor is a very sad person. Both are products of how we interpret reality. Personality is destiny. How we perceive reality shapes our reality. Jiddu Krishnamurti, the philosopher and teacher said:

"It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society."

JFK said:

"Ask not what your country can do for you—ask what you can do for your country."

One might say - ask not what is wrong with the world, but how you can see it in its most hopeful and happiest life. Ask what temperance and foresight. what forgiveness and forbearance you can bring to it.

Emotional wisdom asks us to see the world differently. The happiest people have a sense of purpose. They are alive and vitally so. They are normal and focused and clear.

Normal here means what we all are. We have normal needs. To eat well, to sleep well, to love freely and be loved. To be sheltered and to love ourselves. To live in balance with the body and with the earth.

When we are depressed we have lost contact with purpose, we have lost our connection with inspiration and meaning. To reverse that process one must listen within to inspiration and we must be vigilant to what makes us tick inside.