We could, of course, substitute North American for American.
Note the differentiation "between the creatively productive state of melancholy and the soul-wrecking pathology of clinical depression"
"Depression (as I see it, at least) causes apathy in the face of this unease, lethargy approaching total paralysis, an inability to feel much of anything one way or another."
Depression has walked with me all my life. Sometimes at a distance, sometimes beside me, and at the most frightening times, pulling me by the hand. At a distance, my creativity can still function; side by side, expression is deadened. But those moments when I escape depression's grip are unlike all others, best described by Hermann Hesse:
“And these men, for whom life has no repose, live at times in their rare moments of happiness with such strength and indescribable beauty, the spray of their moment’s happiness is flung so high and dazzling over the wide sea of suffering, that the light of it, spreading its radiance, touches others too with its enchantment. Thus, like a precious, fleeting foam over the sea of suffering arise all those works of art, in which a single individual lifts himself for an hour so high above his personal destiny that his happiness shines like a star and appears to all who see it as something eternal and as a happiness of their own.”
"Against Happiness," is a book I'd like to read. #depression
- Sunbelt Business BrokersDirector, Marketing Communications, 2010 - presentProvide strategic counsel on marketing and communication, leveraging social media channels to promote Sunbelt Canada brand, raise company profile and visits to Sunbelt Canada website to generate.awareness, referrals and leads. Development and management of Sunbelt Canada blog, newsletter, Facebook and LinkedIn pages. Development of articles for business publications. Editing, layout, publishing and promotion of books in print and electronic formats.
- IndependentSolopreneur, 2010 - presentSmall business adviser and provider: communications strategy, writing, editing, social media marketing, web content, web usability, publishing.
- Canada PostManager, Communications, 1988 - 2009Various portfolios over my 21 years in Communications. Specialties included Strategic Communications, Measurement and Analysis, Stakeholder Relations, Content Marketing, Writing/editing, Publishing, Social Media, Developing and Managing Intranets, Web Usability, Project Management, Mentoring/Coaching.
Karen Runtz: former earth mother, serial wife, seasoned corporate communicator. Reborn as small business writer/editor/web & social media strategist.
Loves woods, family, images, ideas and learning.
- Carleton University Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
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