Wednesday, May 11, 2011
When Brilliance May Be Over-rated
It's amazing what can go through your mind in the wee hours of the morning.
At times I've created songs or paragraphs of prose that I swore were brilliant. I would wake up cursing myself that I hadn't recorded this wonderful creativity.
I decided to put this to the test and kept a pad by my bedside so I could record this brilliance and discovered that my self assessment wasn't so accurate in the cold hard light of day.
Similarly, I've made a decision to do this or that as I'm tossing and turning at 4am. It seems like such a good idea at the time and I can hardly wait to get up so I can carry out whatever it is that's come into my head to do...
Write this person an email,
send this acquaintance a card to cheer them up,
call or text someone who might not be expecting it...
By the time I'm up and dressed I realise that the great idea may not be so great after all and may have even caused a whole lot of problems if I'd carried it out!
Please don't tell me this only happens to me...
I've had a lot of trouble sleeping lately so I've had the chance to see this phenomenon in action...
I now know not to act on any half asleep thoughts until my mind and body are in sync.
Although I have to say I was a lot happier when I thought I was a brilliant composer without having to provide the evidence!!!