The Soul of Genius: Gift or Demise

The Soul of Genius: Gift or Demise

When you have a gift, whether it's music, writing, painting or any other form of creative output, the long trail unfolding leads to a greater understanding: that  the gift is not about you nor for you specifically, but for others to enjoy and inspire. Photo & Story by Dwayne Parsons

When you have a gift, whether it’s music, writing, painting or any other form of creative output, the long trail unfolding leads to a greater understanding: that the gift is not about you nor for you specifically, but for others to enjoy and inspire. Photo & Story by Dwayne Parsons

Where Genius Takes Its Holder

If you are born with a gift some may call it genius. Others may be irritated; some jealous; some envious. As the beholder you may be humble, shy or arrogant about the talent you have.

Mozart, whom nobody contests as a great musical genius of composition, had this to say about it:
“Neither a lofty degree of intelligence nor imagination nor both together go to the making of genius. Love, love, love, that is the soul of genius.”

It’s what you do with it that counts most

If you are lucky enough to live a long life, say 65 years and beyond, and hold onto your gift you will note a powerful thing, assuming you’ve stayed the course of whatever gift you have.

Mastery comes with time, but the time has to be utilized. Even if there are periods of drought where you could not and cannot apply yourself to your gift, there will be growth. But the amount of growth and the originality of its outcome is truly dependent on how you apply yourself.

If diligence has been part of your make up, or if you simply cannot get by without dabbling with your gift then, in time, you will find in your hands, in your spirit that you emerge in an original place where there is some degree of mastery. Your gift flows unhindered by what others think, unblocked by inner demons.

Another thing your realize in time

But there’s one more thing you realize with the time it takes to reach mastery. It actually surprises most people and it’s very subjective. Some don’t realize it and if they do, they don’t talk about it.
The realization that eventually dawns on the ones who reach mastering of their gift is this: the gift never was for them. It never was about them. It was given to you as tone is given to an instrument.

The gift you have is mastered as and when you realize that what you have is not really for you, but for others. Your gift of genius was granted to you so that you could give it to others.

Why?

So that others can be inspired to reach into their own souls, their own gifts and by effort, by striving, by discipline, and to some degree by the hand of luck or grace, they reach the far shore of mastery with their own unique gift.

And all the while, it’s humanity who benefits from this generation to generation wonderment of the human being.