“What if genius is about more than IQ or accomplishments? What if Plato was referring to something else: some unique quality - some inner spark - each of us brings to the world in a way no one else can?
What does it feel like when I think about the responsibility of treating each person (child and adult) as miraculous, as a genius? I remember an encounter I had one winter:
I get out of my car in the middle of a snowstorm. I am feeling frazzled and annoyed by the need to drive on icy streets. A man dressed in filthy clothes approaches me and asks for money. Something inside me hesitates, but then I blurt out: ‘What do you need the money for?’ ‘I need to get something to eat,’ he replies. ‘I’m cold and hungry.’ That something inside me blurts out again: ‘Come with me and we can pick out breakfast together.’ The minute I say it I regret it and am second guessing myself. But standing in line to buy the food I am flooded with memories of how people helped me get through tough times. I am aware of wanting to respect the man’s dignity. ‘You know,’ I say, ‘Many people have done things for me in the past. Now it’s just my turn to do something for someone.’
The man turns and looks at me. His eyes lock with mine and I feel a jolt of recognition. He is me. We see each other. Then he says, with perfect grace and absolute certainty, ‘That is how the world works. We are here to help each other. Someday it will be my turn again.’ I feel his words deep in my soul. The words are not new and yet they are genius...
It’s almost too much to ‘see’ each other in that way...But what if I opened myself up to that more? What if I looked beyond the surface - beyond children’s vexing behavior, beyond colleagues’ perceived foibles, beyond even my own self-described ‘faults?’ What would I find? I suspect the word genius would not be wrong.”
Now, in celebration of love, creativity and human connection, and to get us ready for Valentine’s Day, here’s something to enjoy:
Love Train” featuring Jason Mraz, Chad Smith, Yo-Yo Ma, Turnaround Arts, Playing For Change:
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