Miss(ed) Manners

October 1, 2007

Breakfast After an Epiphany

Filed under: Epiphanies — missedmanners @ 1:16 pm

Have you ever had one of those moments where you figure something big out? Where after you do, you divide your life into two parts: all the time before that moment, and all the time after it? It’s happened to me three times, the latest time being last Friday night.

It had been a really long time since I’d had such profound moment of clarity, I’m guessing because of all the muddled noise that adult life brings to one’s head. When I was younger and life was so simple, I often spent time just sitting around, thinking, staring at nothing until the answers to all the questions that I wasn’t asking myself would pop up. People usually call this meditation, but for me it was more like unblinking-drool-time.

Then for the longest time I assumed I had everything figured out and stopped looking. Until the other night when it seemed an answer came looking for me.

I love these little moments. The simple truths that so many people usually ignore are always out there waiting to be stumbled on. The ones that I find shape the way I live, my attitudes toward everything from money to success to fulfillment and everything in between.

There is a downside though. I always get so excited whenever this happens that I want to tell everyone about it, but the problem is that the subject matter is so deeply personal that it wouldn’t make sense to anyone else. Actually, I kind of tried when it happened on Friday night and my friend asked if I was high. So I’ve been walking around with an unexplainable ear to ear smile on my face since, and I’ve just been telling people that I have gas. It saves time.

It’s just so satisfying to know that you’re that much more enlightened than you were the day before.



  1. Question it not, dear Dave when your clarity defines you..your life.

    Your being.

    It’s that incredibly defining microsecond. The proverbial lamp clicks on and illuminates the metaphorical darkness.

    God, the Universe, the Cosmos, Life–call it what you will, always unfolds as it should. Good, bad..indifferently but ALWAYS as it should for that particular moment. It’s when you see it unfolding–THAT’S the best part.

    I’m happy for you. Send some of that my way, would ya? I could use some clarity and the giddiness it bestows.

    I’m writing like I’m high. Am I? Fuck no. Just being allegorically pretentious.


    Comment by lauriekendrick — October 1, 2007 @ 1:38 pm | Reply

  2. Hahaha. Exactly. It’s hard NOT to sound really high when you get all metaphysical like that.

    Not being high, just getting all buddha-like on that ass.

    Comment by missedmanners — October 1, 2007 @ 1:39 pm | Reply

  3. Duuuude!!! I am pretty sure *I* was that certain friend trying to figure out if you were high or in the midst of a most powerful self discovery, wasn’t I?

    I will never forget the look on your face!!! hahaha!!!

    Comment by Elisa — November 29, 2007 @ 2:47 pm | Reply

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