I came across a story of a woman last week. Her name is Leigh Erceg. And while Leigh grew up living a normal life as a bit of tomboy who loved her sport, at 41 she suffered a traumatic brain injury after a fall.
But here’s the rub. Instead of becoming a vegetable she has become a genius in arts and mathematics. How does that work?
The downside is she can’t remember anything of her life before the fall. So I don’t recommend this as the best way to find your inner genius. But it begs the question… how many hidden abilities are waiting there to be discovered inside all of us?
And Leigh’s not the only one.
What about Melody Gardot who became a legendary singer after she got knocked off her bike when a Jeep ran a red light. The accident left her with a serious brain injury and constant pain but out of desperation she found music heals. And now she gives the world a gift she might never have found otherwise.
Or then there’s brain researcher Dr Jill Bolte Taylor. A chance to study her own brain from the inside when she had a stroke. But instead of a life-sentence it became an opportunity to find her true self. A Nirvana we can all access when we live in the present moment and let go of our emotional baggage. When we discover our connectedness.
Stories such as Jill’s and Leigh’s and Melody’s are just more evidence of the fact that we all have hidden abilities. For some people it takes something tragic to find them (or maybe we just label it tragic but there’s something much greater at work). Others are more fortunate.
Never underestimate your own abilities. My bet is there are many gifts inside you haven’t discovered yet.
How will you wake up your inner genius?