Thursday, 16 February 2012

I am not as dumb as you think I look

What's your intelligence?  Have you ever thought about this?    I know anyone can take an IQ test and walk away with a number that defines how smart they are in a general sense but sometimes I am surprised to meet someone who has a hidden intellect and I am so pleased to see how very bright they can be, in their own way.
Personally, I feel true intelligence is immeasurable.

What about emotional intelligence, the ability to empathise with others, to give affection in a secure way, to receive love and feel deserving.  Some of us are so emotionally intelligent that we can feel when someone is upset, or insincere or angry without hearing a word from their mouths, we can give love without jealousy. Part of emotional intellect is to understand and identify our own feelings. Something they don't teach in school and I wish they would.  It would save many of us from our unhealthy defence mechanisms and passive aggression.

What about physical intelligence, how well do you know your body? Do you listen to what it tells you about how stressed you are, when your shoulders are burning and you head aches? Do you feel how needy and hungry and lonely you are? Hunger can be directly related to a type of  loneliness or emotional hurt; that we refuse to admit. When you have chronic pain it's frequently because your body needs to do more, not less. When you are physically intelligent you know what your body needs and when its telling you to slow down or speed up.

Wouldn't it be a good idea to look at ourselves and see how we have developed our own forms of intellect?  Maybe you haven't always been the most articulate of people but the thoughts in your head are so much more than you can comfortably express to anyone.  You have a shy intelligence that I'm certain anyone around you would be privileged to observe

Maybe your intelligence lies in something creative, in your visions, maybe your hands are smart in what they create and the intensity in which you perform your labours, are a direct reference to how very intense you are as a person.

Maybe you have spiritual intelligence, you are in touch with the universe, you're comfortable with creation and you  have a sound relationship with your God whatever it may be.

We can always wish to have more intelligence, to be brighter and better at something, but in doing this we are often being dumb.  I'm not denying the importance of acquiring knowledge. I'm saying there are forms of intellect which you may already posses and don't give credit to. Take a good look at yourself and see where you might be a brainiac in your own way.
You may have important attributes that you know you posses and are vitally important to who your are as an individual.
Now I may not be the smartest cookie in the jar (mmm....I  love cookies), but I would like to propose a better measure of the types of intelligence I think are important and the resulting score would become technically known as the  "awesomness" quotient

A


Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Boring old Saint Valentine Who ?????

There is an hour and 50 minutes left to Valentines day and I sit here imagining what others are doing at this very moment. Some sharing times with their sweethearts, snuggling up in bed, gently moving a strand of hair off the forehead of the one they love, before fastening a smooch onto them.  Some making the kids' lunches, getting ready to call it a day, others mindlessly shoveling an entire container of rocky road ice cream into their un-kissed mouths, wondering when it will be their turn to be a Valentine.  I can also imagine the vast variety of emotional responses going on regarding this day from apathy, to loneliness, to dissatisfaction and annoyance, to joy, warmth, love and gratitude.

What is it about this day that gets us going?  On second thought What is this day...period?

Historically, there is not much romance to Mr Saint Valentine.  According to Christian documentation there where two "Valentinus" who were martyrd. Neither of them had anything at all to do with romantic love.  No grandios act of romantic ideology, no throwing themselves at the feet of some pious Pope to save a romantic institution and certainly no secret delivering of cutesy notes between lovers.  However, every Saint gets his day and in 496AD,  Pope Gelasius established February 14th as Saint Valentines day!  February 14th would actually not be associated with romantic love until 886 years later; when Chaucer wrote about birds choosing their mates on Saint Valentines day and somehow it evolved from there..... ~duh obviously~......  630 years later this day no longer even exists on the General Roman Calendar of Saints at all!! 
This makes no difference to the general population anyway, as people of all or no religious denominations around the world open up their wallets to bestow gifts and greetings upon their loved ones.  I myself, felt slightly embittered after paying $7.00 for a card  for an 8 year old today.  Original Valentines were handwritten notes and poems..... now isn't that a novel idea??  A note that is actually written... by hand!!!.  Would anyone ever be satisfied with that gesture?.. not many.. if any.
One thing I hear a great deal of,  is how people shouldn't need a day to express their love.. and I agree, no they shouldn't but the vast majority of people do need a day, and a reason and what better day to do it than a day that is actually based on nothing that is any longer relevant to the average lovebug??   
All kidding aside; I do still get a kick out of this day, it does makes me feel warm and fuzzy that people are walking around with just a little more love to give than usual. I do wish everyday could be a Valentines day (minus the expansive retail black hole of overpriced paper, candies and trinkets for starry-eyed chumps like myself to get sucked into)

Now that this day is over what happens to all that extra loving??? Why not give a little love, especially if you are not getting any love. Because getting it and giving it are both unequivocally  part of the act of loving. 
Everyone knows that  we don't need a day for that...but it sure is fun to have one!

A
  


thanks wikipedia for the facts

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