Eq -The Emotional Intelligence - Poem by Amrit Rathi
He who knows other men is discerning;
he who knows himself is intelligent.
Recently I saw in the newspaper
an interesting ad,
“You need not be Intelligent,
To succeed in Life,
Just enroll for our course,
We’ll tell how and why”
As my IQ is low,
the ad looked particularly attractive.
and since most people are like me,
I thought I’d better enroll,
before it’s booked.
So I did enroll,
though the fee was hefty-
as I was damned serious,
But when the course started,
I noticed a peculiar thing:
other than me, none of those attending
looked like dumb guys with low IQs;
what could be their problem?
The Coach started.
This is a course on EQ,
how to be aware of your emotions,
how to manage them,
how to be aware of others' emotions,
how to deal them in others,
and how to be responsible?
But I could not make
heads or tails out of it,
so I asked him to give
a lot of examples
so a dumb guy like me can understand.
And he agreed.
“When you’re getting angry
do you see you are getting angry?
Or when you are talking,
do you see you are talking? ”
I already do, I thought.
Next, “When you see you’re getting angry,
can you control your anger?
Or when you are talking,
can you adjust your tone? ”
Yes, I can.
What’s new? I thought.
Next, “Do you feel sad when
some of your pals feel sad?
Do you really listen to others?
Or are you just too busy in thoughts
to reply when others talk? ”
Yes. I feel sad; I just listen.
So, what’s new? I thought.
“And then what do you feel like doing? ”
Of course, I feel like helping.
I just want to listen and understand,
and he nodded, “Right! ”
But what’s new, I thought.
Thus the course went on for two days.
But there was nothing new I found.
Isn’t it funny?
This was pure commonsense.
I was already doing all this.
So I thought it a total waste of money.
I told the expert all about my doubts.
He said, “You know
only 25% of success is achieved
by the guys who are genius, those with high IQ,
as the others are quick to anger or blow a fuse,
and they don’t comprehend, nor can they control.
They fight with friends or don't fit in on the team;
they don’t understand how others feel,
taking no responsibility for whatever happens.”
Who are then the 75% who succeed?
“People like you, who do not
necessarily have great IQ
but do what you do-
and, by the way, why do you feel
you are less than a success?
It’s your sheer humility!
You should be glad.”
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