“The man who wants to write a great book, paint a great picture, create an architectural masterpiece, become a great scientist, and knows that never in all eternity will he be able to realize this, his innermost desire, can find no peace in a stable social order – old or new. He sees his life as irrevocably spoiled.”
- Eric Hoffer
“Very few people do anything creative after the age of thirty-five. The reason is that very few people do anything creative before the age of thirty-five.”
- Joel Hildebrand
“Are you learning merely because circumstances force you to learn? After all, if you are studying physics and mathematics and you really want to become a lawyer, you soon forget the physics and mathematic. Do you really learn if you have an incentive to learn? If you want to pass certain examinations merely in order to find a job and get married, you may make an effort to concentrate, to learn; but once you pass the examinations you soon forget what you have learned, do you not? When learning is only a means to get somewhere, the moment you have got where you want to go, you forget the means – and surely that is not learning at all. So there may be the state of learning only when there is no motive, no incentive, when you do the thing for the love of itself.”
- Jiddu Krishnamurti
“I am most impressed with the fact that each human being has a directional tendency toward wholeness, toward actualization of his or her potentialities.”
- Carl Rogers
I was listening to music the other day when the song There’s a Place for Us by Carrie Underwood began playing. The song, written David Hodges, Hillary Lindsey, and Carrie Underwood, was included on the soundtrack to the 2010 film The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. Perhaps I simply had the subject of giftedness on my mind at the time, but I was struck by the lyrics of the song and how well they articulated the experience and emotions of the gifted. I think this song may be the most representative song on the subject of giftedness.
No official video was made for the Carrie Underwood release of the song, but I did find this video on YouTube of Underwood performing the song live. What do you think?
“When I look around I always learn something, and that is to be yourself always, express yourself, and have faith in yourself. Do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate him. Now that seems to be the prevalent thing happening in Hong Kong, like they always copy mannerism, but they never start from the root of his being and that is, how can I be me?”
- Bruce Lee
“A man who limits his interests limits his life.”
- Vincent Price
“As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light of meaning in the darkness of mere being.”
- Carl Jung
“Let us endeavor so to live that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry.”
- Mark Twain
A good friend of mine brought this video to my attention, and I wanted to share it with you. This is a young man by the name of Jason C. Kertson, a talented musician who recently competed on NBC’s The Voice. In this video, his musical talent could not be contained by the constraint of one guitar.
If you want to learn more about him, here is a link to Jason’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/JasonKertson