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When was your 'Eureka' moment?

Eureka! From Archimedes stepping into the bath, to finally understanding that math conundrum at school, to finally working out what you want to do with your life. We have all experienced that Eureka moment at some time or other. To each and everyone of us, it was a profound moment that might have changed our day or even our lives, but affected us as individuals and probably those around us too. It may have been as a result of an external situation that you may have had to accept or one that you were in control of and managed accordingly. So why not share that moment and it may help others to understand there Eureka moment too. Mine? well that was when I realised that the path my career was going to head down was not the one I wanted and I wrestled with the decision to break out on my own. The 'Eureka' moment was walking on a beach at sunset when everything became clear and I knew then, that the path I was about to take was the right one. Eureka!

Closing Statement from Wayne Roberts

Can I take this opportunity to thank everyone who has taken the time to support this question and posted their thoughts. It has been a great experience and I think alot of information, thoughts and insights have been placed up here. Sorry I didn't get to post this before it closed.

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    Sep 17 2011: I was on my second tour in Iraq. In the same week, my girlfriend dumped me, my parents told me they were divorcing, my grandmother had a stroke, and I was told we were coming back to Iraq again 12 months after the end of the current rotation. My mind, body, and soul took such a beating, but somehow I was able to keep moving forward. It was after being completed decimated on all fronts, that I discovered the true potential of the human spirit.
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      Sep 17 2011: you sir are inspiring.
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      Sep 17 2011: WOW!
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      Sep 19 2011: To go through so much, and to go through it all at the same time must have been a horrific experience. That you have been able to find your way through is a testament to your character, your spirit and your will. You are inspiring indeed.

      If it were physically possible, I would offer to shake your hand. As it is,you have my admiration and appreciation for your service to your country. Even more so in the face of everything else you were dealing with. Thank you.

      Cheers, Winston
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      Sep 20 2011: Chris, I absolutely was so impressed by your story that I cut and pasted it onto a question that I started asking Which TED men do you admire. You demonstrated such spirit that I had to nominate you as one of the TED men that I admire.

      I hope it is OK. If you should have any reservations about that please just email me at my TED email (just click on my picture and it will take you to my profile and my email) and I will remove it immediately.
    • Sep 20 2011: Sir, greetings of the moment. just a while ago I happened to stumble upon this website & immediately got registered, and happened to go through post & found yours. I just cant believe that these things happened to you and you sound so normal & potent, on top of it you are of this opinion that after being decimated you got the true potential of human spirit. I must say that you are an IRON MAN, otherwise anybody would have turned insane. Sir you are so inspiring.
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      Sep 22 2011: @ Chris, that's the spirit that kept life to sustain in a meaningful way..... My salute to you
    • Sep 27 2011: @Chris: i like the spirit of what you are saying. It is an Eureka moment to me. :)
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    Sep 19 2011: Just wanted to share another of my personal Eureka moments. It involved being beaten up for being different because i enjoyed TVOntario's University of the Air (sort of like PBS for anyone not from Canada). You see, all of my fellow Kindergartners preferred Sesame Street or Mr. Dressup. The beating wasn't the moment.

    Years later when a different bully beat me up for not pretending to fit in, my mother took an envelope out of the family silver chest and read me the note inside. The mother of one of the children involved had come by the house to apologize. She said to my mother that she must be very proud to have such a bright son. Then she told me that no matter how many times I got beat up, I should never try to not be who I am.

    That was the Eureka moment. Having my mother tell me that she and dad had always been proud of me for not pretending to be someone I wasn't. It wasn't easy being the only guy in my very rural school who didn't really care about sports (I still don't, and it's still not easy some days). I was also the only kid in my school who didn't have electricity, or a phone, or indoor plumbing. But once I learned to embrace and celebrate my differences, it changed how I looked at myself and my peers.

    It gave me a different perspective. Instead of feeling shame for what I didn't have, or envy for what others did have, it became okay to be different. No longer trying to be something else, I was free to be me. It was the start for me of understanding the idea of "a crowd of individuals". I didn't phrase it so nicely back then, but I started to see it, and it shifted me from the military history shelves over to social sciences.

    It's the little things that make us who we are.

    Cheers, Winston
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    Sep 23 2011: My eureka moment occurred when I realized that being ashamed of being abused, and attempting to hide it, did nothing but protect my abuser. That refusing to admit that it happened, does not help me, or help to protect me from further abuse. At the same time, I also came to realize that despite getting into a situation that I was unable to handle, that it does not imply that I am too weak to protect myself, or too stupid to prevent the situation in the first place. Having never having gone through it, I was unaware of what any of the warning signs were. The lack of knowledge, does not speak about me personally, but only serves to show how far I have come.
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      Sep 23 2011: BRAVO Mike! Hurrah for this wonderful story of overcoming and for you as a wonderful healing human being! I am glad you are here at TED.
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    Sep 23 2011: First time I gazed deeply into my son's eyes when he was about 13 hours old. His eyes locked onto mine and we stared directly into each other's eyes for what might have been a few seconds or several minutes, I honestly have no idea. All I know is that everything else around me melted away and I was completely absorbed by what was behind those eyes. It was then I saw it for the first time: The Infinite. The endless timeless Everything/Nothing that my finite mind cannot fully understand yet can, in rare beautiful moments like the one I'm describing, be glimpsed and experienced. I had never felt so equally alive and non-existent (not in a scary nihilistic way, just a non-physical way).
    • Sep 23 2011: This is a lovely moment that you have shared with us. I have been pondering your post for the last 5 minutes as it took me back to the first moments with my son.
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        Sep 23 2011: Thanks for the nice response, Wayne, that is wonderful to read.
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      Sep 23 2011: Anthony! I know just what you mean but it happened to me when my first son was born. They took him away from me for a few minutes right after he was born to clean, weigh and evaluate and I looked longingly after him. Then they put him in my arms wrapped in a blanket. He was the softest thing I had ever felt, I remember thinking he was softer than a horse's muzzle. Suddenly his eyes found my face and locked on my eyes and it was as though he pulled eternity right through me and into himself. I was transfixed and it felt as though I was his in a way I had never experienced before. All of my life force seemed to be dedicated to him. It was a profound experience.
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    Sep 18 2011: Well my Eureka moments!!!
    I was an average university student with lots distractions in my life. For long time I was believing that these distractions once overcome, I will be one of the most successful student in my community. So, it was like this. Entry test of new admission was at verge and I decided to study days long until date of exam reach. So, I studied book after book, not only what I had studied in my whole last degree but something other too. Distractions were there to astray me that I should do one thing or other or food at that restaurant is better. But I did not follow them. So, when result came I got not only best among my friends but best among my whole home country fellows.

    Gosh! It was a Eureka moment for me and I was being celebrated like a Knight for whole month... hehehe
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      Sep 18 2011: congrats sounds like you have awesome dicipline.
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    Sep 16 2011: I was going under the knife for a cancer surgery that was so extensive that they were not sure I would survive it. Just before the mask went over my face to put me to sleep (I already had an epidural in place), I realized that I might die without ever having really lived my own life. I am glad I have the opportunity to change that.
    • Sep 16 2011: Living life to the full I hope Debra and embracing every opportunity. A situation like that really focuses one's thinking. I can empathise with the situation. Two years ago I had a minor heart attack brought on by work, stress, more work, you know, the usual 'important things'. Interestingly I didn't see that as an obvious Eureka moment. but now, as I revalue my current situation, breaking out on my own. I can see how my young family (one who is nearly 4 and the other 7) are who I am. I realise that there are more reasons to life and that life now has a reason.
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        Sep 17 2011: I am delighted you survived, Wayne to share your insights with us here at TED conversations!
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      Sep 22 2011: It's a shame that we sometimes have to wait until a major event before realizing there is more to us than what we've done. I'm glad you made it through and have the opportunity to enjoy the world.
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        Sep 22 2011: Hi Deborah! if you had asked me before then if I were living a full life I would have said, of course. Only when faced with my own end did I realize that I had put all of my own dreams on hold to fasciliatate others dreams, that I had accomodated and moved over to live in a corner of my own life. thank you for your kind response.
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    Sep 15 2011: I've had several Eureka moments.

    Age 17: I realized that the religion I was raised in wasn't necessarily the Sole Truth.
    Age 18: I realized that "God" wasn't what I'd been told He was.
    Age 22: I realized that "God" was a construct that humans invented.
    Age 28: I realized that there are spiritual views outside the "God" paradigm.
    Age 38: I realized that my opinions did not actually override reality.
    Age 48: I realized that I was running out of time to find some decent answers.
    Age 49: I found some decent answers.
    Age 50: I got married and found love!
    Age 54: I realized that the Edit function on TED is horrible because it removes line breaks!
    • Sep 16 2011: Thanks for this Tim. This reminds us that there is probably not going to be one defining moment in our lives but many that help to define who and what we are. We are shaped by our experiences and as those experiences happen then so does the way our lives respond.
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      Sep 16 2011: You have an intresting character ... Seeking the truth until finding the right answer , the answer for all of your unanswered questions ...
      Every time that I solve a difficult math problem after much is my Eureka moment and I think because of this mathematics is beautiful.
      thanks for your good and smart question.
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    Sep 27 2011: My moment was definitely the day I resigned from my corporate position and started my own company in 2000. Abundance in many ways not just financially has flowed non-stop since. It felt right and was such a huge contrast to the life I was trying to force myself to fit into. I learned, "It is not what I do for a living that matters but who I become in the process."
    • Sep 27 2011: Thankyou for this contribution Susan, It has struck a chord with me as I am doing exactly what you did 11 years ago and started my own company. I suppose I am living my Eureka moment right now and the worry that is associated with doing something like this is starting to give way to the excitement and enjoyment that I know will happen.
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    Sep 27 2011: Casting my eyes on the skyline of New York for the first time was outstandingly memorable for me. I first saw what skyscrapers looked like in the movie: "Public enemy No 1" with Fernandel.....oooh,,,,that's going back a half century,,,,
    Escaping dire poverty and Sovietism I was looking at a dream come true. The whole world was mine and I didn't know what to do with it. But that's another story.....
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    Sep 22 2011: All difficulties, all sad moments, all challenges bring the opportunity to have the Eureka moments in our lives.......so there are many really, that Eureka makes life beautiful , interesting and meaninful.
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    Sep 22 2011: For me it was many things happening to me and then all of them coming in at one point. First when I was 16 I was hit by a car going forty. The recovery was long, even though everyone thought I was back to normal after the broken bones were healed. At this time (before and after) I also had a lack of focus towards school. I was mainly concentrating at chess and started playing competitively (here I learned the value of perspective among other things). Then when I was 17 I started read non fiction books: philosophy, social science, mysticism, etc.. After this I grew very ill with acute infections in my throat ears and into my neck in addition to finding out that I had acid reflux. This lasted for a few months and during this time I read the best book I have ever heard of, The Power of Myth by Joseph Campbell. Here I got my perspective and I had a time of silence in this period, where the simple beauty of appreciation blossomed within me. Now I am 18 and relaxed since.
  • Sep 16 2011: Mine was the first time I tripped on LSD, it made me realize that the brain is really a reducing valve that only allows us to see and do what we can handle. Life is far more complex than one might think, it truly is a mind altering or expanding at times, drug.Thank you for giving me the opportunity to share this information.
    • Sep 16 2011: Glad we were able to help. Your thoughts and observations will help others
      • Sep 19 2011: Thanks for understanding and being accepting of me. Most people would pass judgement on me for using such a drug. It was 25 years ago and that moment stays with me
        • Sep 19 2011: The way i see it, the TED community are not here to judge, infact if we were to judge then we would in some way be saying that we were better, of a higher order in which to pass judgement on those not as equal as ourselves. The sharing of such information , thoughts and experiences help to empower others through the sharing of those experiences. As the saying goes, 'Involve me and I learn'. I feel very humbled that you feel comfortable enough to share your thoughts and experiences with us. Thankyou.
  • Sep 27 2011: i am not even sure whether what i experienced can be called an Eureka moment but these moments strike me not when i constantly think about the problem, but it usually occurs after listening to an inspiring talk, or getting engaged in an intellectual conversation with a friend, or getting my passion and interest ignited for the topic because i received some stimulus that excites me, motivates me, encourages me and voila EUREKA! :)
  • Sep 26 2011: I had my Eureka moment 3 months ago.. I'm studying engineering and i've been having this gut feeling that this is not what I'm supposed to be doing. It happened during a lab session. A new faculty member asked us to introduce ourselves with by name, the place we belong to and what we would be doing 5 years down the lane. I couldn't think of anything solid to say for the last question. One of my classmates replied that she would become a fashion designer. That statement hit me like a bolt of thunder.. Since i was young I've had an aptitude and passion for writing. Due to many reasons I stopped and almost gave up following my heart. I had resigned myself to think that I had continue for the rest of my life in my current field of study. I had not allowed myself to think that there could be other avenues open and that it was never too late. But my classmate had dared to think beyond what she was doing now. What she said brought all my hope flooding back and at that moment, sitting in the lab, i decided what i would do with my life from that moment on. Suddenly everything was crystal clear to me. Even thought i knew it would be an uphill task, i realized that it would be a task I would love doing. I could contribute something worthwhile only if i was working on something which I loved doing. From that day on, I started reading books again, started solving crosswords, started rebuilding my vocabulary. It has transformed me totally and turned me into this happy, positive person and I am able to take better decisions and make better choices. Before this moment, all thoughts of future used to be very bleak and uncertain, but now, it is filled with colour and seems very inviting. Sunny side up :)
    • Sep 29 2011: Isn't it nice to know that moments like these happen. When you least expect them, you suddenly get an Eureka moment. Thankyou for sharing this with us.
  • Sep 24 2011: I would say my eureka moment was more of a gradual process than anything. After a while I started to envision the infinite number of ways my future could possibly play out according to the choices I was making in the present, and I realized I didn't enjoy what I was envisioning. It prompted a change in career paths and exploration into what actually held my interest and challenged me mentally, producing enlightening results. I still think its better to understand what makes me content instead of regretting trying to hold onto a form of stability that I might perceive to be depressing.
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    Sep 21 2011: Why does there have to be ONE Eureka moment? Is it possible to have several? Even on the same subject?

    I discovered years ago that I am terrified of heights. I still went up the tram at Mount Alyeska in Alaska and in a hot air balloon in New Mexico. My Eureka moment? It wasn't preordained that I would fall (my biggest fear with heights.) I'm still terrified of heights, but will try something new even if it means going someplace that scares me.

    I've been afraid of 'making a fool of myself' in front of people, yet I took a tap dancing class at 55. I always wanted to learn the time step, but thought I would look silly - an overweight, aging lady. Eureka - no one cared about that but me. I now try things even if that little voice in my head says 'you'll look like a fool'.

    Maybe my Eureka is discovering that voice in my head doesn't know what she's talking about most of the time!
    • Sep 21 2011: Hi Deborah, thanks for taking the time to respond to the question. There doesn't have to be just one Eureka moment, as i think the postings by others are proving. I thought, when posing the question, that there may only be one significant moment of discovery in one's life but this is clearly not the case.

      As for the tap dancing,Ii bet you really enjoyed it and were glad you did it.

      I made a promise to myself a few years ago that i would try something new every year. from this I developed an interest in rock climbing and had many adventures doing it and made lots of new friends. I have canoed the Caledonian canal that splits Scotland in half. Most of the things have not been as adventerous as this but like you, the litle voice was a big barrier. Maybe that will form the basis of a new question that i can post next.
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        Sep 22 2011: Wayne - I really did enjoy the tap dancing class and now wonder why it took me so long to do it.

        I love the idea of trying something new every year. I'm going to borrow that and start now - although I already have my 'something new' for 2015 - I'm going to Oxford to take a summer course. It will take me until then to save for it, but it's something I've wanted to do and, for my 60th birthday, I'm going to do it! Eureka - that silly voice in my head won't get me this time.
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        Sep 24 2011: Debra - they change the courses every year. They offer about 60 one-week classes. If I'm really good, and I save enough, I'll do 2 weeks and take 2 classes. I'm hoping for something on Elizabeth I or the British writers of medieval mysteries (a personal passion). I'm sure whatever they offer, I'll find something of interest. Just being able to say I went to Oxford and took a class or two will be amazing.
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          Sep 24 2011: That is really wonderful. I will hope you get your two amazing weeks!
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          Sep 25 2011: Wow! Oxford!

          Can I go? (Seriously!)

          I'd love to take some classes at Oxford.
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    Sep 19 2011: Now.

    Now.

    Now.

    Now.

    Really!

    Now.

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    My first 'Eureka' moment was when I was about four-years old. I was standing outside, at the bottom of the front steps of our house, looking up.

    I suddenly realized I was alive. That I existed. I was an entity.

    [Of course, there were none of these words associated with the experience.]

    It was exhilarating, transforming, terrifying.

    Things have never been the same since.

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    Now.

    Now ...
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      Sep 26 2011: Thomas, I hope you saw my response on going to Oxford - anyone can go for the Oxford Experience - summer courses they hold every year. I tried to reply to your response to my posting, but it didn't take properly for some reason.
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        Sep 26 2011: Hi Deborah,

        No, I didn't see your response.

        Thanks for trying again. (I once wrote this really great reply - well I thought so - and when I hit send, it >poof< disappeared, never to be seen again.)

        That is so cool about Oxford ... that is definitely going on my "Bucket List!"

        Cheers,
        Thomas
  • Sep 17 2011: One of the first 'eureka' moments i had was when i was on mushrooms in the forest. i began looking at all of the plants and lichens and leaves and thought of all the various accomplishments produced by the different varietys of life which have led me/us to be in the situations that we find ourselves in. (rather vague, i know. but mushrooms tend to lead you towards larger realities..or not)

    The second was when i began to have seizures when i was 17. I realized that the mind/brain is one of the must powerful muscles i possess as well as avery powerful tool. however if it is not respected and properly excercised and fed, it will fail your requirements just as a car will die if it is not fueled and maintained.
  • Sep 16 2011: A close friend died when I was 14. I realized we only get one real chance, (even if there's an afterlife this is the only existence we've definitely got)... live life to the full, embrace what you can, make others happy and notice the small things (they tend to be what you rely on the most after all).
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      Sep 17 2011: Louise that is a pretty traumatic event for a teenager to process. My eldest son lost his best friend at the age of 16 in a skiing accident and 6 weeks later his closest cousin died in a car accident. It really changed his life. I think it is one of the reasons that he ended up going into the diplomatic service for our country. His friend had spent time in Africa and it somehow impacted my son.
      I hope you didn't take too long to find joy again and that your good memories of your friend are sustaining.
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    Sep 16 2011: I've got a couple... up until grade 8 I got through school on personality and cleverness without actually doing much work. In grade 8 my teacher took me aside and said, "It's great that you are interested in all these other things, but I'm not going to discuss them until your class work is finished." Thank you Mr. Fielding :-)

    The second is more of an ongoing process. It involves realizing the difference between my subjective "truth"and that of others. Apparently, there are some minor differences once in a while. :-)

    Cheers, Winston
    • Sep 16 2011: Thanks for taking the time to respond. I recognised alot in your school experience. The second observation is interesting in that the Eureka moment is not just a moment but a point that we are striving to get to.
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    Sep 25 2011: Thomas - Yes, you can go. Seriously.

    It is open to anyone. It's called the Oxford Experience and the only thing you have to do is sign up, pay up and get to Oxford to take the course. You stay in the dorms, have dinner at the High Table one night (I'm so looking forward to that) and enjoy the Oxford Experience.

    My university experience was good, but it was a 're-purposed' high school building. I always wanted to go to one of those 'ivy-covered' institutions but couldn't afford to go. Now, I'm saving up and will live my dream of going to Oxford - even if only for a week.

    Don't think too much about it - just plan on going. I've been wanting to do this for at least 20 years. Now, I know I'm going. No little voice is going to stop me!
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      Sep 25 2011: This is an example of one of those sweet treasures that I find at TED. People thousand of miles apart from different countries and background share ideas which enrich us. This is one of those 'ideas worth spreading' and some of us will really get pleasure from following your lead, Deborah.
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        Sep 26 2011: Yet another Eureka moment, Debra. Getting to interact with people from around the country, and around the world, without it being a 'big deal'. I love that I get to talk to people outside the little sphere of my everyday life at work and read opinions on people who are not in the same group of people I always speak to.
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      Sep 26 2011: Hi Deborah,

      Here it is, I found your reply.

      Thanks again,
      Thomas
  • Sep 22 2011: Hi Debra
    I'm very glad you survived, the world needs more people like you.
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    Sep 20 2011: I am waiting for mine ... in progress... hope i get it right !!! so far the journey is amazing ...
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      Sep 22 2011: You may have had one and just don't realize it as yet. It sometimes took me months before I realized I had done something I didn't think I could do, or experienced something that was life changing. You just don't know you've changed until you reflect on it later.

      Enjoy the ride.
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        Sep 23 2011: hmmm... no. The kinda person I am I would know for sure... Never took challenges and in fact I never noticed them... but until recently...

        So ya, the ride is exciting and am having fun...
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          Sep 24 2011: Don't worry about getting it right, either. If it's a Eureka moment, it's right. Even if it is that you shouldn't do something again, it will be right.
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    Sep 19 2011: My ultimate EUREKA was in the summer of 2003. By then I had been given the chance to visit several European countries and at that particular moment I was living in the States. That's when I realised that I didn't need another environment or a better country to be happy. I just needed my friends and family. Thanks for that discovery!
  • Sep 19 2011: I have changed my career paths a couple of times. It is not written in stone that you have to commit to a career path and stick to it.
  • Sep 19 2011: When I was a youngster, I can identify 4 distinct moments that forever changed my life and sparked an unparalleled desire to learn by experimentation and research... creating an unquenchable thirst for scientific knowledge and amazement at the universes of all scales of space and time...

    The first lunar landing of Apollo 11, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on July 20th, 1969.

    Witnessing a demonstration of a speed of light experiment with a Meterologic HeNe laser in my next door neighbor's fathers basement lab, a physics professor at Northwestern University at the tender age of 5.

    At age 8, in 1977, attending the Chicago Consumer Electronics show and hands-on experiencing the worlds first practical personal computer, the Apple II, at a largely ignored very small modest booth attended by 2 other guys named Steve, like me... then obtaining one just months thereafter, opening a universe of self-learning and discovering possibilities. I recall the vast majority attention-getter at that show was Sony introducingt their prototype Betamax VCR....

    Finally, on the local Chicago PBS (Public Broadcasting) network very near that time, WTTW (Window to the World), utterly enraptured by a pair of Television Series.... Carl Sagan's "Cosmos" and James Burke's "Connections".
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    Sep 19 2011: Meu momento EUREKA foi quando descobri as possibilidades matemáticas em um origami...
  • Sep 18 2011: Can I thank everyone for taking the time to contribute so far. I have really enjoyed the comments that have been posted and I think has provided a fascinating collective insight into what we consider as formative moments in our lives and the often profound effects that they have had.

    Can I share with you all a lovely moment that took place today as I was driving along with my young son, who is coming upto 4. We were on our way out to walk a hill and he was sat beside me in the car, with his head in his hand looking quite serious, staring into the middel distance (or as far as the dashboard anyway!). When I asked him what was he thinking as he looked deep in though with his head in his hand, he replied "Nothing Daddy, I am just keeping my chin warm". Ok, so not an Eureka moment, but one that will stay with me for a long time.
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      Sep 19 2011: We really do need a name for those lovely moments that children create for us which stay with us for a lifetime. Enjoy this stage, Wayne! I really wish I could go back in time and spend time with my own children when they were small.
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    Sep 16 2011: strived for enlightenment; felt as if i was one with mountains; laughed hysterically for a while...i wish i could feel that again.
    • Sep 16 2011: Thanks for taking part in this. I hope you do have the chance to capture that moment again. Reading your posts long with the others makes us realise that the Eureka moment can be profound, a point of realisation, a discovery or an emotion. What ever form it takes, it is a point in time. Our own individual time.
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    Sep 15 2011: It was when, while pondering how to measure the proportion of metals in an alloy, that I took a bath and noticed that, as I lay back, the water overflowed and I realised that the mass of water displaced was related to the space my physical presence occupied in the bath..
    • Sep 16 2011: Just don't sit under any apple trees!
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        Sep 16 2011: In all honesty, one for me came about 18 months after I started playing in a band when I realised that life is not something you plan for or aim for, it's what you are doing in the present moment. We were a band, not because we had an album in the charts but because we were playing and gigging.
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      Sep 25 2011: Archimedes had a similar "eureka moment" some time ago, having to do with weight-loss of bodies immersed into water. My guess is that much of ship construction is based on his "aha-moment". At 72 I am still waiting for mine but I don't really care if it ever happens. My life is full as it is, such as it is. I am ready and prepared to receive any revealing, enlightening infusion if the cosmos be so kind to me, ever remaining a grateful child, ready to learn and absorb. My eclectic stance on life is governed by curiosity and I tend to wander around a lot, collecting snippets as I go. My whole life is a scream speeding down, expecting the unknown while holding my breath climbing up ,sitting on this roller coaster zooming through space. Spirit is that which is not of the body.... and yet, I need my physical brain to contemplate this thought. Go and figure.....Eureka or what?