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2.27.2013

FAIRY DUST BRILLIANCE


I very matter-of-factly told a friend today, "Brilliance can't be captured for long periods."  My perfectly coined and made-up on the spot phrase came out in response to her having a moment of extreme clarity after a few days of cloudy thinking.  It was my witty encouragement.  She laughed.  Mission accomplished.

Right after I spoke the phrase, amidst her laughing, I ironically added, "Seriously that is a brilliant statement!" As I rushed to pick up my iPhone to make a notation of the exact words in my electronic notepad the exact wordage of that brilliant phrase was quickly leaving me.  "Wait, what did I say again?  Hurry, I can't miss this brilliant quote!"  That brought another round of laughter from her.  Why is truth so stinking humorous?

I readily and instantly attach the word brilliance to inspiration.  Artists, musicians, architects, designers, chefs, writers and other creative folk have periods of inspiration where colors, sounds, shapes, textures, combinations, tastes and words are more pronounced in their heads and find life in real form during those times.  Those times are clear, fresh, and brilliant.  They usually are not captured in longevity but in spurts.  

There have been a few times I have said, "I have a brilliant idea!"  It usually comes after a problem has presented itself. Epiphanies can sometimes spark brilliance.  I think problems and passion are the two P's that can facilitate brilliance on some level.  Just look at inventors, designers, musicians, engineers, scientists, authors and on and on.

I really don't think brilliance can be captured for long periods. 
That's why there is great poems from a poet and others that are mediocre. 
 That's why there can be a top 40 hit from a musician but not every song
they create hits a home run or is as remembered. 
 
It's not that brilliance is necessarily the result of more work.  It's really the result of a collision of sorts - some things planned, others not. It's more like timing+a great product/thought/solution+this undefinable something like fairy dust=brilliance.  That's layman's terms for what creates brilliance. 

The word brilliant defined means; magnificent, excellent, brightness, splendor, distinctly conspicuous talent or intellect or ability.  Based on that definition, true brilliance truly cannot be captured long term.  It's meant to make a distinct and magnificent appearance.  To shine brightly on a subject, a style, a lyric, a phrase, a solution, a musical score.  

Maybe it's sort of like stars.  If they were all bright like the North star we wouldn't probably note their beauty as clearly.  Comparatively that bright star is brilliant in color display.  Brilliance is supposed to be rare.  It's supposed to appear like a comet and then fade.  The fun part is when we realize we were a part of a moment of brilliance. 

It's good to note that Halley's Comet only comes roughly every 75 years.   Brilliance is rare.

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