The muscular sway was mesmerizing. Side to side. Slowly – then faster.
As if I did not already know how dangerous such a long, muscular body could be, the almost inaudible hiss was a clear signal of both anger and danger.
The man causing this fit of rage had to be crazy, I thought.
Yes, he was nimble. Clearly experienced. Passionate.
Still, totally nuts!
Tap. Tap. Tap. His foot moved again.
Bad enough, I thought, just to be so close to those muscles swaying with rage in the summer heat. Yet, he’s inviting the fury to intensify.
Pouring gasoline on fire.
Time stopped as I waited for the inevitable.
Clearly, this had plenty of potential for a deadly outcome.
Worse than any bar fight one could imagine.
Muscles poised. Tense. Clearly experienced at attacking guys like this nut case tapping his foot.
In the lingering silence, I felt the sweat trickling slowly down my back.
The hiss became insistent.
I looked at my feet feeling glad that I was not very close. I wiggled my toes to make sure I could run if I needed to.
Then in a flash came the pounce.
Every tight, sinewy muscle lent speed to that graceful, deadly attack.
Visions of a sudden, agonizing death flashed through my mind.
Just as quickly the man pulled his leg out of harm’s way while he deftly slid a forked stick over the sinewy, muscular cobra’s head as it hit the ground where his sandaled foot had just been.
Picking it up with a firm grip right behind the head he began milking the venom from its fangs into a jar. Writhe as it might the snake’s long muscles could not prevent him from demonstrating how venom is extracted as part of making antivenom for hospital use.
This snake-handling guy at Bangkok’s snake farm was in his genius zone!
I love watching people in their genius zone.
I saw someone else in his genius zone at a party this weekend. A love of cooking and hospitality brought grace to the flow of more than 100 people through his home.
More than just salads, main dishes, and cookies, fancy creations including salmon mousse, pumpkin cupcakes, Mexican something or other, and more – each at the perfect temperature – kept emerging from the kichen all evening even though the host spent most of his time circulating among the guests.
Clearly, for the host, cooking is an art form not a recipe fueled necessity.
It was a bigger crowd than I usually like but it was well worth the chance to watch someone in his genius zone.
Whether it’s a snake handler or surgeons, gymnast or gourmet, truck driver, taxidermist or tightrope walker, when someone is in his or her genius zone, magic happens.
There is a flow state where things are effortless. What might be impossibly difficult for most is joyful and easy. Training helps and it may be bolstered by natural talent. Mistakes are fewer and more easily corrected.
What you may not know is that genius is like cancer.
It spreads. Quickly.
When someone regularly spends time in their genius zone – even a few minutes a day – everything in life is better.
Everyone has a genius zone.
Many of us forget it, hide it, pretend its not there or just don’t nourish it. Maybe family, school or other places gave us messages that our genius zone was somehow not good.
What is your genius zone? What brings you joy? Perhaps it’s math, cooking or fixing things. Maybe it’s helping people be healthy, or photography or being with children. Or something else.
If you’re not cultivating your genius zone and regularly spending time in it, your sexual pleasure and intimacy is likely to suffer.
This could lead to a general discouragement and “blah” feeling. Or as some of my clients have experienced, problems can even occur with orgasm or erections simply because of having too little time in one’s genius zone.
Self-esteem and happiness can suffer too.
There are few better gifts you can give to yourself and those who have regular contact with you than to cultivate and regularly inhabit your genius zone, at least briefly.
Doing so will give you more joy each day. Joy that comes authentically from deep inside you is magnetic. It won’t just make you happy but will also be a gift to those who are around you.