What’s an “aha moment?” Here is the answer offered on the Mutual of Omaha website:
It’s a moment of clarity, a defining moment where you gain real wisdom – wisdom you can use to change your life. Whether big or small, funny or sad, they can be surprising and inspiring. Each one is unique, deeply personal, and we think, worth sharing.
A few months ago I received an email from the Mutual of Omaha group inviting me to participate in a little video campaign. I have to admit, at first it seemed like spam. I was like, suuuuuuuure you want to make a video of me with no ulterior motives or checking accounts in Nigeria. Then I looked into it a bit more and thought, well my gosh. This might be pretty cool after all. So I made an appointment to record at the Myriad gardens and went about my life. I knew my “aha moment” worth sharing would have something to do with positive vibes and the power of imagination. I loosely rehearsed a sentence of two in my head but did not take it any further. For once in my life I was under-scripted. Ha!
Fast forward to a bright, summery day in downtown Oklahoma City. I arrived at the recording spot which was a very cool Airstream trailer and met three of the friendliest people ever born. One guy even wore a trendy mustache. I know. They welcomed me, told me what to expect (which was much more than I had bargained for) and we sat down to record. It was intimidating, all this production; in fact, the only thing that could have made me more nervous is a frog touching my skin. But it was all still lots of fun!
Although I only had a sentence or two rehearsed in my mind, the young woman conducting the interview had a slew of gentle, focused prompts to help me tell more of a story. Somehow, owing only to her professionalism and not my verbal skills, we got enough recorded for the video experts to splice together and make about a two-minute video. So, if you can ignore my almost purple face, excessive necklaces, and very shaky voice, because talking is NOT my favorite thing to do, then you might like at least part of this little video clip:
my aha moment There is so much behind and beyond this, though. Since my “aha moment” has really been a slow evolution, I have a million more things to say about it and am writing background for you, an outline of the reading material and breaks in life storms that have brought me this far. I hope you check back in for that too!
Have you had an aha moment? What do you think of mine, do you think I’m crazy, or do you agree that imagination is incredibly powerful? Have you browsed around any of the other recorded moments? Lots of cool people in Oklahoma participated. Check them out! Worry is a misuse of the imagination. ~Dan Zadra XOXOXOXO