: very bright : flashing with light : glittering
: very impressive or successful
: extremely intelligent : much more intelligent than most people
: striking, distinctive
: distinguished by unusual mental keenness or alertness
Brilliant (adj.): 1680s, from French brilliant “sparkling, shining” present participle of briller “to shine” (16c.), from Italian brillare “sparkle, whirl,” perhaps from Vulgar Latin *berillare “to shine like a beryl,” from berillus “beryl, precious stone.”
In reference to diamonds (1680s) it means a flat-topped cut invented 17c. by Venetian cutter Vincenzo Peruzzi.
"Life stands before me like an eternal spring with new and brilliant clothes."
Carl Friedrich Gauss (1777-1855, considered the greatest German mathematician of the 19th century and greatest mathematician of all time for his contributions to number theory, geometry, probability theory, geodesy, planetary astronomy, theory of functions, and potential theory, including electromagnetism.)
"Being brilliant is no great feat if you respect nothing."
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832, German poet, playwright, novelist, scientist, theater critic, amateur artist, and statesman.)
"The heart is stubborn. It holds onto love despite what sense and emotion tells it. And it is often, in the battle of those three, the most brilliant of all."
Alessandra Torre (New York Times Bestselling author who focuses on contemporary erotica. Her first book, Blindfolded Innocence was published in 2012. She hit the NYT list with her sixth novel, Black Lies. )
"We stigmatize mistakes. And we're now running national educational systems where mistakes are the worst thing you can make -- and the result is that we are educating people out of their creative capacities."
Sir Ken Robinson (born 1950, age 64, English author and creativity expert, who challenges the way we’re educate our children. )
"Was [Steve Jobs] smart? No, not exceptionally. Instead, he was a genius. His imaginative leaps were instinctive, unexpected, and at times magical. [...] Like a pathfinder, he could absorb information, sniff the winds, and sense what lay ahead. Steve Jobs thus became the greatest business executive of our era, the one most certain to be remembered a century from now. History will place him in the pantheon right next to Edison and Ford. More than anyone else of his time, he made products that were completely innovative, combining the power of poetry and processors. With a ferocity that could make working with him as unsettling as it was inspiring, he also built the world's most creative company. And he was able to infuse into its DNA the design sensibilities, perfectionism, and imagination that make it likely to be, even decades from now, the company that thrives best at the intersection of artistry and technology."
Walter Isaacson (born 1952, age 63, American writer and biographer. He is the President and CEO of the Aspen Institute, a nonpartisan education and policy studies organization based in Washington, D.C. He has been the chairman and CEO of CNN and Managing Editor of Time. He has written biographers of Steve Jobs, Benjamin Franklin, Albert Einstein, and Henry Kissinger.)
"God who is eternally complete, who directs the stars, who is the master of fates, who elevates man from his lowliness to Himself, who speaks from the cosmos to every single human soul, is the most brilliant manifestation of the goal of perfection."
Alfred Adler (1870-1937, Austrian physician, psychologist, and the founder of Alderian psychology, sometimes called individual psychology. He is considered the first community psychologist because of his work pioneered attention to community life, prevention and population health. Adlerian psychology emphasizes the human need and ability to create positive social change.)
What builds a brilliant life? How does your life shine? Who has your back and allows you to take risks? And what pushes you to soar to new heights? What ignites you and sets your passions ablaze?
Let me take you back to when my life wasn’t that bright. I was thirty-five years of age and was on a verge of having a serious “mid-life crisis.” No kidding. I looked good on paper. Well, I thought I did, anyway. I was married and had two beautiful children. But internally everything was falling apart. I had no relationship with myself or with Source. I was lost and insecure.
Slowly, I descended into a huge sink hole of sadness and depression, mainly because I erroneously hid my talents, gifts, and psychic abilities, the best parts of myself away.
I thought I had to do this in order to play the role as a devoted traditional wife and mother. Staying in that marriage forced me to build walls away from myself and away from my Divine Universal Support. In short, I was nurturing a false victim personality, and slowly saying goodbye to my authentic self and life purpose.
I wasn’t too far-gone, though, because at one point I could see clearly into the future. I could see that if I didn’t change I would become sick and die, leaving my children motherless. (And. . . I am not being overly dramatic. It was the truth at the time.)
So, instead I bit the bullet and jumped, in faith, off of the first of my many metaphorical life-changing cliffs, each time landing safe, sound, and transformed.
Now, all I see is Life’s Beauty. I am no longer numb. In fact, I accept my unique sensitivities, because I am now able to deeply feel, hear, and taste what Life and Love can so generously and unconditionally offer.
Can you sense Life’s brilliant unfolding as well, from your unique perspective?
Be well, my friends.
Much Love, Tonya