Holiday or feeling? How about both? Depends on what you believe.
Down here in Mexico and in many other countries around the world, January 6 is a celebration day. It marks the end of the 12 days of Christmas which begins on the 25th. El Día de los Reyes (The Day of the Kings) is the name of the day and the 3 Kings were thought to have brought presents to baby Jesus. Children will typically get presents and the family celebrations will include sweet wine and the 3 Kings Bread, which is also sweet and filled with dried fruits.
The term epiphany means a “vision of God” and this day is a Christian feast celebration to honour the revelation of God the Son as a human being in Jesus Christ.
Epiphany is also used to describe an experience of sudden and striking realization. Generally the term is used to describe any situation in which an enlightening realization allows a problem or situation to be understood from a new and deeper perspective.
I can’t say that I have this kind of feeling on a regular basis. But, I do think back on accomplishments and get a sense of all the little pieces coming together. Everything fell into place accordingly. The realizations happened slowly.
I’ve been mulling over a few ideas for quite some time, (years actually) and have not been able to make sense of them. I knew they had to be connected in some fashion, but the framework and structure has eluded me. Like a waft of morning dew, I could sometimes get a clear sense of it, but as I moved closer, the spark of understanding would be just beyond my reach and then disappear altogether.
It is a fantastically energizing experience to suddenly have a crystal clear series of thoughts, which have eluded you for so long, sitting right there. It was all I could do to quickly grab a pencil and paper and get everything down.
With this roadmap sitting right beside me on the table, all my thoughts have changed. It allows me to think of problems as opportunities, take negative ideas and turn them around to positive, quite amazing really.
To quote the 1980’s one hit wonder by Timbuk3. “The future’s so bright, I gotta wear shades.”