Epiphanies Sold Separately

January 29, 2018

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Recently I read a blog post that I really liked. I liked it so much, that I immediately wanted to use the same format to write one of my own. It started with an epiphany, and went on give an example from the author’s life of how she grew to understand the epiphany.

As I sat in my office rocking chair, pen and paper in hand, I wondered, “Why can’t I think of any epiphanies and great stories like this to share with my readers?” I mulled it over for a while, and there it was…an epiphany about epiphanies (how many times can I write “epiphany” in one post?!):

You can’t force epiphanies.

They come when they come. So much as I would love to have new and brilliant epiphanies to share with you every week, I just…don’t.

Perhaps this is an indicator to me that I need some well-filling—an artist’s date, a mini-break. Noodling time has been scarce for me lately, and I’m feeling the effects. And after all, it is winter. Winter is a time for introspection, staying warm, allowing some dormancy so that spring can bring new growth. A time for gathering thoughts and seeking inspiration.

When searching for life lessons (you thought I was going to write epiphanies, didn’t you?), all you can do is open your mind and heart to what’s around you. Have a humble and teachable attitude. Try not to be oblivious. And even if you do all these things, you may still come out with nothing.

Epiphanies sold separately.

That’s OK—they’re still there, and you’ll—we’ll—find them in due time. At least, that’s what I believe.

Have you had any epiphanies lately?

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7 comments

  1. Not the good kind, but yes, there have been epiphanies...or maybe that's not an epiphany. Do epiphanies have to be positive? Guess I need to look up the word...

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    1. No, epiphanies don't have to be "positive"--by the definition I'm using, they are simply a sudden realization of a truth. Sometimes I've had epiphanies that have made me squirm with embarrassment at the very least.

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  2. Dear Kathy -- so odd I read this blog first today. I had one just driving into town this morning. You are so right - they cannot be forced - they arrive...often when my mind is relaxed and thinking on something ordinary they seem to appear. Hope you have one soon. Hugs!

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    1. Yes! When your mind is relaxed and thinking about something ordinary. I do some of my best thinking in the car!

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  3. Yes, I guess I have little epiphanies, now that I looked it up! They are not grand epiphanies, I think. The more I clear my mind of negative stuff, the more discoveries my mind and spirit will allow. Now that I know this word, maybe I will be open to more of them...Thank you,

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    1. Rita--"epiphany" is just a fancy word for realization. :) Looking at your comment, I realized that epiphanies really don't have to be grand to be valuable. Maybe I overlook the quieter ones in my desire for something big. Something to think about.

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    2. Something for ME to think about! Thanks for the food for thought, Rita.

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