Emotions form pure, profound bonds
Emotions may blind us but they bind us.
Editors Note: This is an insightful guest post by the lovely author Balroop Singh! Enjoy!
Emotions form an intrinsic part of our personality. Emotionally impaired individuals fail to express what lies in their heart and their relationships lack affection and warmth. Emotionally starved children become insensitive to love, respect and care.
“All learning has an emotional base.” ~ Plato
If we don’t have any emotions…what would we apply our intellect to? Emotions nurture our intellect, give a boost to our dreams and define our goals. Intellect is just used to figure out the means to the goals.
It is our hope of success that steers us through the dark corridors of life. It is our fear of failure that gives us a push to persevere. It is the inspiration to touch the horizon that boosts our efforts. And let me remind you friends, all these emotions come from our heart, not from the head!
Let us think of a person very dear to our heart. I am sure the first image that comes to your mind is either of your father or your mother. Now think, why? Why do these two persons occupy such an exalted position in our minds?
Emotions, my friends! I am sure all of you will agree that emotions rule us, not intellect. That is why we think first of all, of those who introduced us to the basic emotion of love, guided us, acquainted us with our goals and even navigated us towards them.
It is due to their love, their care and concern that we are able to move ahead in life. Actually, our emotions tell us what we really think. On a deeper and more value-oriented level, emotions actually lead us to true values of life.
“If emotions are free, intellect will look after itself.” ~ Alexander Sutherland Neill
Emotions are inherent, intellect is developed over the years and that too if the right learning opportunities are provided to a child. A penury-ridden child, with no access to education cherishes the desire to learn. Tell me, what leads such a child to acquire intellectual enlightenment? Undoubtedly it is the emotion…the yearning to know more.
Even if you do not go into higher studies, you can still be successful in life because your emotional intelligence has the capability to guide you towards your target. And let me tell you, when we are intellectually free, our progress can transcend all the barriers, all the impediments of class and creed.
Let me say it in the words of Roger Ebert: “Your intellect may be confused but your emotions will never lie to you.”
Intellect is insufficient without courage, love, friendship, compassion, and empathy. Why do we thank God everyday? Does gratitude come from the intellect? It might have refined our efforts but the feeling to celebrate the blessings of God, the feeling to revel in His glorious gifts comes from our heart.
Emotions tell us the value of our accomplishments, our work, our festivities and our relationships. In fact all our cultural activities revolve around our emotions.
“In the last decade or so, science has discovered a tremendous amount about the role emotions play in our lives. Researchers have found that even more than IQ, your emotional awareness and abilities to handle feelings will determine your success and happiness in all walks of life, including family relationships.” – John Gottman.
Do you think emotions are evolutionary relics? Do they confuse us; make us weak, sentimental and skeptical? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
About the Author
Balroop Singh is a former teacher and an educationalist, a passionate reader, a published writer and always lives through her heart.
She blogs at Emotional Shadows where she talks about people’s emotions, how emotions mould personalities and what is our role in all this.
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