It’s not enough to join the #atozchallenge challenge – now I have to have a theme?
And then, it hit me – epiphany.
Maybe nothing quite so deep, so rare, or so spiritual; after all, epiphanies are like orgasms – one doesn’t simply have them on command, and certainly not every day for thirty days. Thoughts of conjuring epiphanies every day – real or fictional – leave me exhausted, mentally spent. Maybe a little “Aha!” moment, but nothing quite so dramatic it might cause me to leap naked out of a bathtub and grab a webcam, screaming, “Eureka!” to my neighbors on a Google+ Hangout, like a modern-day Archimedes.
To be sure, we’ve all had our “Aha” moments. They materialize without warning, often through an unconscious shift in mental perspective that can abruptly alter how we perceive a problem. “An ‘aha’ moment is any sudden comprehension that allows you to see something in a different light,” says psychologist John Kounios at Drexel University in Philadelphia. “It could be the solution to a problem; it could be getting a joke; or suddenly recognizing a face. It could be realizing that a friend of yours is not really a friend.” (“A Wandering Mind Heads Straight Toward Insight,” http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB124535297048828601 Last viewed: 03/21/14)
Yes, I think insight would be a better, broader theme for April’s A to Z Challenge. Maybe we’ll discover some, together, along the way.