This Aha Moment Will Stay with Me for a Lifetime

The aha is actually a chemical reaction, a rewiring of our brain, the moment when we see what we hadn’t seen before and make a new decision based on what we believe to be new information. —Seth Godin

I don’t know about you, but I love to learn something new every day. Most days I go along with my day and miss opportunities to have aha moments, yet on the days I do learn something new, a feeling of delight arises in me. Sometimes it’s a little thing like a new way to get from one destination to another; others, it’s a momentous learning, one that will be etched in my memory forever.

Recently, as many of you know, my mother passed away, and on her last day she had family members visit her. Though she was not able to speak, she used her eyes to communicate to us, along with intermittent whispers. Two of my cousins who were especially close to Mom visited, and one of them came out to find me saying that Mom wanted me to play a song for her. I entered the room and she whispered the name of a song we used to sing when I was in my teenage years, “Pass It On” by Kurt Kaiser. As the song played, I was struck by the power of music to communicate, soothe, or celebrate something that is difficult to put into your own words. This song was Mom’s message to all of us to pass on love, to be compassionate to others, and to know that her love and legacy were now ours to share. That’s one learning I’ll never forget!

What aha moments have you had that have left an indelible memory for you? What aha moments have resulted in you making changes in your life? Which ones were little but significant?

We’d love to hear from you. Send us your aha moments, and, with your permission, we’ll share them in a future blog.

P.S. – Stay tuned for some news about a new learning management platform we are building and Theresa’s Working Genius certification.


Theresa Gale