What does it mean? (from Wikipedia)
An epiphany (from the ancient Greek ἐπιφάνεια, epiphaneia, “manifestation, striking appearance”) is an experience of sudden and striking realization. Generally the term is used to describe breakthrough scientific, 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. Epiphanies are studied by psychologists and other scholars, particularly those attempting to study the process of innovation.
Epiphanies are relatively rare occurrences and generally following a process of significant thought about a problem. Often they are triggered by a new and key piece of information, but importantly, a depth of prior knowledge is required to allow the leap of understanding.
Of course for many tomorrow is the Feast of the Epiphany when the wise men delivered their gifts to a new born infant; however the title has a double meaning since it also refers to a realisation completed. It is not a new realisation but one which has been swirling around in the background until Thursday. That day I saw something; I said nothing and I expected the person involved to lie again … but today they phoned and with very little prompting told me that I had indeed seen what I had interpreted.
Knowing something is so does not necessarily solve a problem or make it all better but it was an opportunity for me to correct some very flawed thinking on that person’s part.
It has left me feeling sad this evening but as I say tomorrow is the feast of the Epiphany and the end of Christmas so I shall start afresh tomorrow.
I popped into Kirriemuir this afternoon; I won a couple of pound on a lottery ticket during the week – so that bought me some more chances is for this week and left me with £4 spare and JSA due to arrive on Monday. I decided I would try and get a small chicken to roast and a large potato. However I looked at the veggies and I am missing them so much I decided to spend a little more since I still had a few pound in the bank and bought carrots, parsnip, sprouts and sweet potatoes too and because the chicken was on the reduced counter it was quite a decent sized one.
Since I hadn’t spent the cash on the way past the famous sweetie shop in Kirriemuir I popped in to see if they had salt liquorice … they did so I have a little treat this week as well.
I took my camera out with me and took some pictures at the Commonty – scottish language lesson coming up:
n. 1. (Scots Law) A common; a piece of land in which two or more persons have a common right.Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by C. & G. Merriam Co.
Commonalty, Commonty the community; the common people; the corporate body of a town or city.Dictionary of Collective Nouns and Group Terms. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.