It’s kind of a sad day for Joseph Swan and Thomas Edison (and the twenty or so guys that preceded them). They are credited with inventing the modern light bulb, which as of January 1st, 2014 is no longer being manufactured. Yes the light bulb as we know it has become a thing of the past.
I bet long before this you have had lots of light bulbs that became obsolete too.
They were just light bulbs of a different kind.
We continually have light bulb moments in our lives. Some of them are little nudges and some of them are great big whacks on the head.
They are moments of clarity or insight in which we say “Oh I get it.”
The problem with light bulb moments
The problem is most of the time we don’t make use of these light bulbs. We wake up from our usual routine and for a moment we have greater understanding or deeper awareness about our lives. And then we go back to whatever we were doing before.
That means we are destined to make the same choices and repeat the same behaviours which ultimately leads to the same results.
Perhaps you have found yourself saying, “I can’t believe I did that again.”
I guarantee if you have had that feeling, there’s an used light bulb moment in your past.
That’s a huge waste of your personal energy – doing the same things over and over again and not moving forward spiritually, emotionally, intellectually or physically.
I’m fond of saying that an used light bulb moment just leaves you in the dark.
Thomas Edison said it slightly differently:
“The value of an idea lies in the using of it.”
Course correct your life
The value of these light bulb moments is that they give you an opportunity to course correct your life – to make a subtle, or perhaps not so subtle, change in what you are doing that will lead you closer to whatever it is you truly want.
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The formula is actually simple:
Awareness + action = change.
So what do you do with a light bulb?
When you find yourself having one of those moments, there a couple of things you can do to put them to good use.
First, stop and pay attention. Ask yourself:
- What is the lesson here?
- Why is this important?
- How can I use this information to change what I am currently doing?
- Then write it down. Start a light bulb journal. Review it frequently to remind yourself of your life’s lessons – big and small.
Start doing this and you will become much more energy efficient just like all these newfangled light bulbs.