I don’t know about you and your aha moments, i’m pretty sure we’ve all had them and more than once. I just had a major aha moment! Eureka!
I’ve thought about stressers in my life as i am sure you have. We’ve all heard the old catch phrase “lessen the stress in your life” usually complete with sage warnings relating to health or illness or reducing the risk to either by reducing stress.
I’ve often pondered about what causes stress, even managed to trace some of them back to the source. Still my aha moment hadn’t happened as yet. Not until tonight! A few minutes ago, while glancing through twitter feeds, I read a post that blew my mind and created that aha moment. Stress is created when you are someplace other than where you want to be! It hit me like a tonne of bricks. Instances, moments in my life when I was the most stressed were exactly those moments! Moments when I was doing something I really didn’t want to be doing, and what I really wanted was something completely different!
I isolated specifics to see if this were indeed true for me and low and behold, it was true! I was on a train of thought, incredibly important at this precise moment, because I’ve been deadlocked on an event in a chapter, a pivotal point in the story for a couple of days. Brava, this was the answer to my dilemma! I know how to solve this issue without derailing my plot! I was happily congratulating myself, nearly skipping across the room and had just plunked my petuty in my chair, words dancing in my mind, when a little one came prancing through the door! A look of pure eager excitement lit up that little face, eye glowing with such untold delight, the voice filled with joy, “Gramma, you’ll never guess what we did today!”
In that most heartfelt of moments, I was torn between jotting down an outline that would surely be enough to keep my idea present, and I could go back to, and when I turned toward my computer, I couldn’t handle the startled look on that dear little face! I took hold of both her hands and asked “What? What Happened? ” The tale unraveled slowly with every minute detail outlined retraced and repeated when a piece was left out. I truly was all ears, completely involved until the end of the telling. As soon as the tale was done, she turned to walk away calling over her shoulder, “That’s it. Bye, gotta go now.” No response was required.
By then we’ll you can guess what had happened to my brilliant idea . . It had flown the coup! Worse yet, the more I tried to hold onto it, the further away it seemed to go.
I have to admit in all honesty even though I feel shallow for having thought it, I was annoyed! I even huffed and puffed a couple times. I was stressed. At the time, I couldn’t understand why I felt stressed. Why? A dear little one had come to share something valuable with me! It’s only now with my aha moment in hand, I realize what had happened. I had internalized my frustration at putting off something equally valuable, to do something else. I’d do it again too, perhaps differently but what was also invaluable was the incite I’ve received in that moment. Amazing isn’t it? I guess you could call them crossroads, intersections, whatever word you choose to use, it was perfect. My little one got what she needed, I got what I needed, and later once dinner was done, continued on with my writing.
I had to share this,since I’m sure as writers and bloggers, you have gone through similar moments of triumph!