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Hidden Genius March 10, 2013

Posted by nrhatch in Blogging, Humor, Poetry, Word Play.

IMGP1472aShame, shame
So many young idols
Chasing fame

Like there’s no other game
In town

Just playing around
Can’t keep them down

They know they’re all that
And it’s all good

That’s a fact
One day, you’ll be sorry
You didn’t bow down
To our hidden genius


Aah . . . that’s better!

Related Post: Β Sidey’s Weekend Theme ~ Something Hidden


1. shreejacob - March 10, 2013

Sometimes I wonder…if the chase to fame is truly what they want…or is it the fashionable thing to do…because most don’t seem to realize the stuff that goes into being famous these days!!

nrhatch - March 10, 2013

The goal behind all goals is happiness. We want what we believe will make us happy.

If the chase for fame was “all that,” those who attained fame would live happily ever after. Given the vast numbers who abuse drugs and alcohol (and swap spouses), that doesn’t appear to be the case.

There is only one way to find lasting happiness and that is by looking within. When we seek external accolades, applause, and approval, we find ourselves at the mercy of others rather than sailing our own ship.

shreejacob - March 10, 2013

Yes, yes and yes! It just seems so much easier to find the happiness or what we think happiness is from the outside because it means we don’t have to dig deep within us, get rid of the clutter and remember who we truly are…which is kinda weird because who wouldn’t want to know who they truly are!

The attachment to things and stuff and all that makes it hard I guess.

nrhatch - March 10, 2013

When we know WHO we are . . . we know HOW to live. _/!\_

2. sweetdaysundertheoaks - March 10, 2013

Were you thinking of someBODY specific?

nrhatch - March 10, 2013

No, not at all. Ego’s insatiable need for external approval causes many to detour in the wrong direction, seeking fame (a destination they will never quite reach) rather than enjoying the journey from here to there.

Perhaps they see fame as a pathway to freedom . . . instead they find themselves imprisoned by the opinions of those they’ve never even met.

sweetdaysundertheoaks - March 10, 2013

I was just thinking of a couple of people that have been all in our face lately in the news.

nrhatch - March 10, 2013

Every time I see an idol wannabe derailed, crushed, and deflated by not quite managing to grasp the latest brass ring, it makes me want to whisper to them on the wind:

Joy is never in things, it is in us. Look deep. The answers lie within.

3. Don - March 10, 2013

I often wonder whether this chasing after fame hasn’t got something to do with the struggle with “the right to be here.” Fame brings recognition, adulation and affirmation of presence. I suppose it’s more than that; but so many people seem to go through life kind of apologizing for their presence and existence.

nrhatch - March 10, 2013

Yes, a “LOOK AT ME!” mindset stems from the lack of self-acceptance. When we don’t approve of ourselves, we must constantly be looking for accolades, applause, acknowledgment, and approval from others. Which, of course, adds to our anxieties and causes unnecessary suffering.

It is so much easier to let go of the reliance on THEM and tap into the eternal wellspring of joy within.

4. SidevieW - March 10, 2013

There are those who would be famous for being famous, and there are those with huge achievements that are hidden from general knowledge and appreciation.

Ah well, maybe it all comes down to being happier in oneself, striving for and succeeding in being real must be so much more satisfying than mere fame.

nrhatch - March 10, 2013

When we unearth the reality of who we really are . . . the desire to have a claim to fame dissipates. We realize that who we are is more than what we do. Thanks for a fun theme, Sidey.

SidevieW - March 10, 2013

Thanks for playing along with us

5. Tom (Aquatom1968) - March 10, 2013

Always chasing, Nancy, and never seemingly getting there! I like the sound of the hidden genius.

nrhatch - March 10, 2013

That’s it, exactly. When we act from a desire to satiate the Ego, we are destined to fail . . . the Ego’s appetite grows ever more insatiable with each feeding.

Enough is never enough for Ego. πŸ˜‰

6. ericjbaker - March 10, 2013

i wouldn’t mind writing a bestselling novel, not for fame or attention, but so I could write novels for a living. Some people are natural entertainers, too. But when it becomes all consuming, when it turns to narcissism, then you have a person who is hard to be around.

nrhatch - March 10, 2013

Some people start out doing what they love (skiing, skating, acting, singing, writing) only to get caught up in the cogs by agents and managers who want to cash in on their coattails. They become a commodity to be sold to the highest bidder, often losing themselves in the process.

For others, enjoying the activity that launches the flight to fame is of less import than the desire to be in the spotlight. Fame for fame’s sake causes them to delude themselves into believing they can sing . . . when they can’t carry a tune in a bucket. πŸ˜‰

I expect you are in the former category. You love writing and would like to be able to do it for a living. Just be mindful of all the hangers-on who will encourage you to abandon the craft of writing so THEY can cash in on your name and fame AS SOON AS you write that first best-seller.

7. kateshrewsday - March 10, 2013

Sad to be dazzled by baubles which are hollow, Nancy. It’s so easy to miss the real chances for happiness and fulfillment.

nrhatch - March 10, 2013

All the marketing moguls love it when we are dazzled by external symbols of status rather than inherent self worth. If we buy into what they are selling, we mortgage ourselves in the process.

8. sufilight - March 10, 2013

I think for many of us when we are very young, we are still seeking to feed the ego and do not yet know that happiness and strength is from within. As we get older, and see how empty life is even in the midst of our toys, how unreliable the world outside of us can be as nothing is permanent, we start questioning life and our priorities and we lose attachment to the material.

nrhatch - March 10, 2013

Exactly. We are socialized to look for external approval from others . . . “good job!” . . . “that a girl!” . . . “way to go!”

At some point, we have to switch from relying on that type of external motivation by adopting internal motivation ~ if we don’t, we are prisoners of the opinions of others instead of free agents.

9. colonialist - March 10, 2013

Sadly, much of the genius is incredibly ingeniously hidden! πŸ™‚

nrhatch - March 10, 2013

Just so! πŸ˜‰

10. Andra Watkins - March 10, 2013

Having read several articles on this topic in the NY Times this morning, I’m well and truly sick of these young fame chasers.

nrhatch - March 10, 2013

I hear ya! Loud and clear. It’s a shame kids are socialized to believe that “fame” is more important than mastering one’s craft.

11. diannegray - March 10, 2013

Once you look for accolades coming from the outside, you tend to lose the strength within. Fame is certainly not all it’s cracked up to be. I really believe we’re all the same when we take off our clothes and lie in bed at night.

nrhatch - March 10, 2013

Yes! Fame poisons the well somehow. Instead of getting joy from the journey itself (singing, writing, acting, building houses, playing sports, etc.), the goal shifts to getting in the spotlight and staying there. Fame creates a conflict of interest that many cannot maneuver around.

12. jannatwrites - March 11, 2013

Personally, I don’t get the fame thing. What’s the attraction in not being able to go anywhere without some idiot shoving a camera in your face? There’s something (a lot) to be said for being able to go to the grocery store without make up and not seeing your bland face all over the tabloids the next week πŸ™‚ Money can’t buy privacy.

nrhatch - March 11, 2013

I agree. My anonymity is PRECIOUS to me. It allows me to move about the cabin without being hampered by paparazzi. 😯

13. adeeyoyo - March 11, 2013

Just imagine if all teens were rock stars,all adults were sports heros. What a world!

nrhatch - March 11, 2013

Stop the world . . . I want to get off! :mrgreen:

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