I spent some time reading other blogs today. It was a nice getaway from work and thinking about my own life. I love the way that other bloggers find so many different approaches to a single topic. I think that this is my favorite part about the daily prompts. Today, when I turned to see what inspiration I would find, I giggled at the word “genius” as the daily prompt. I could only imagine all of the different definitions that I would find on WordPress. And boy, let me tell you, I was not disappointed.
You see, to me, genius does not refer to an individual but rather to an action because no one, even the smartest people in the world, is smart all of the time. If that were the case, there would be no accidents among the scholars. There would be no crime among the college graduates. There would be no racism, no bigotry, and no sexism so long as people continued to be educated. If smart people were smart all of the time, there would be no room for mistakes, mishaps, or errors. Each action would be carefully thought out and the actions would reflect their geniusness.
But, smart people do mess up and therefore cannot always be referred to as geniuses. I have, on more than one occasion, acted in a manner that did not reflect my own intelligence. Yet, in the same breath, I have acted in ways that simply amazed myself! Like, “wow!!! where did that come from?” Those actions, those moments, are genius.
Now, that’s my definition and understanding of the term “genius.” Of course, I found so many others that entertained my brain today. For instance, one blog simply found the prompt as a way to share a hilarious photograph of their dog (awesome sunglasses by the way!). Another assigned the term to a practice in creativity which, for a writer, makes perfect sense to me! Yet, another blogger provided their own genius take on dealing with a bad day! (excellent tips, BTW)
I guess it is easy to state that I was pretty amused today. I find any time spent trying to understanding the perspectives of others to be time well spent. Thank you all for sharing so much of your lives and moments of genius with me!
For just a moment, be a genius!