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Friday, October 14, 2011

Edgy Vs. Everyday

At the conclusion of the short stories of James Joyce, a character often experiences what literary scholars later termed an epiphany. In educational settings, teachers long for times when they induce something similar in their students - an "aha" moment. Whatever these moments are called, they are magical.

For years I've kept a little notebook to record my own. When I recently re-read some of my notebook entries, I noticed the number of entries I recorded were more spread out during periods when my life was going along routinely. During rough patches, but especially following an edgy experience of any kind, the number of insights I captured increased, sometimes significantly. Is this consistent with your experience of "aha" moments? In other words, does the edgy yield more insight than the everyday?            
     
I'm avoiding giving this particular observation any more attention than writing about it here. And I'm clearly not anxious to repeat some of the behaviors that helped make those experiences edgy just so I can have more in my notebook. But I am going to try to tune in a little more to the everyday for future insights. Why not try that with me? Then we can let each other know how it goes.

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