Wikipedia defines Epiphany in this manner:
“An epiphany (from the ancient Greek ἐπιφάνεια, epiphaneia, “manifestation, striking appearance”) is an experience of a sudden and striking realization. Generally the term is used to describe scientific breakthrough, religious or philosophical discoveries, but it can apply in any situation in which an enlightening realization allows a problem or situation to be understood from a new and deeper perspective.”
Maya Angelo defines epiphany like this:
“…It’s the occurrence when the mind, the body, the heart, and the soul focus together and see an old thing in a new way.”
I like to refer to an epiphany as an a-ha! Moment. It is the moment in time when something is revealed, allowing us to see it for the first time or to see something again as if for the very first time.
These moments can be life-changing but what happens when we have spent time on something and achieved the end-goal just to learn that it was a mistake?
Dorie Clark says “Humans are highly susceptible to the sunk cost fallacy, which makes it hard for us to end something into which we’ve already put time, money, or effort” (Harvard Business Review, What To Do When You’ve Made a Bad Decision August 11, 2016). We are victims to our own ego, not wanting to admit a mistake or a failure and many times covering it up at all costs. But imagine the POWER in admitting you failed! Sending energy of raw honest out to the world is empowering and cleansing, scary too, the first time, but worth it.
Our moments of sudden clarity, our “a-ha” moments, are meant, I believe, to teach and empower us to continue the forward momentum regardless of the outcome.
We made a mistake.
We must move on from it and allow ourselves to build upon that mistake. Don’t push it aside and try to cover it or paint it another color. You can dress a rock up in a puppy costume but it is still a rock. You can call your failure whatever you like but it is still a failure and THAT’S OK!
We must make the decision to either “know and grow” or “whine and repine”. The choice is ours but I’m here to tell you that when we elect to grow from our mistakes the reward is just as sweet as the taste of victory!
Giver of Awesomeness (R)