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Thursday, February 26, 2004


"Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.    To keep our faces toward change
and behave like free spirits in the presence of fate is strength undefeatable."

~ Helen Keller

Even though this piece was original written on Tuesday, November 18, 2003, it is re-manifesting itself in ways that beg to be explored.

Epiphany. I love the sound of that word. Aside from the mystical, ethereal, cosmic, spiritual aura that envelopes you when you hear the word, the long-reaching effects that follow after you experience one can alter a life path in the short term or, perhaps, forever.

Was it the recent full moon or the lunar eclipse? Was it my recent birthday? (let's not even talk about that!) Was it the change of the seasons, or the change of the clock? Or was it the culmination of all of those events together that effected not one, but two, eye-opening epiphanies in my life?

Epiphany has been described as "a spontaneous experience of awakening into awareness." It has also been described as "a sudden manifestation of the essence or meaning of something; a comprehension or perception of reality by means of a sudden intuitive realization; and moments when everything seems to make sense, when the universe (though flawed) at least seems comprehensible for a brief moment in time." How can you not feel emotionally charged, and changed, when you have experienced an epiphany?

Of these recent epiphanies, one was professional and the other was personal, yet both were strong, intense and immediately crystal-clear. With the pressures of the world all around us, when we suddenly have clarity, even in just one aspect of our life, it gives us such a sense of a weight being lifted and blinders being removed. It always makes me think of a cartoon character with the light bulb suddenly appearing above their head. My epiphanies have given me insights into even more areas of my life that can be changes in smaller ways.

Do I want to share the details? Right now, it is probably best to keep working toward the goals that were revealed in those sudden revelations, and keep the details to myself. Sooner or later, the details will manifest in ways that will be quite evident to all who know me, and the changes will be obvious to even casual acquaintances. I do think epiphanies are rather spiritual and, in that manner, something that is quite personal and deep. Whether the moment of the epiphany is ever shared really doesn't matter -- it is the results that are achieved as a person moves forward along the journey, exploring new paths, and finding new directions for their life.

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