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What is the most helpful insight you've ever had?

Asked by wundayatta (58321 points ) February 18th, 2009

I usually don’t like asking questions about “most” of something. So, take this one with a grain of salt. Anything you consider to be an insight will serve. I’m hoping people will tell the story of what happened to lead up to the insight, and what the insight is.

I don’t know why I’m fixating on insight today. Maybe I want to understand how the process works in other people. My sense is that insight can come from anywhere, not just considerable religious practice. It can lead to scientific discoveries, or life lessons. It can come from relationships, study, travel, games, investing, spirit journeys, shamanic rituals, or many other places and activities. So help me. Give me your insights, your poor, your huddled masses…. oops. Wrong saying.

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Johnny_Rambo's avatar

I realized with full clarity and spiritual understanding my little grasshopper that I dont like staring at bare male asses, but for the furtherment of humanity , the arts , dia de los muertos and ass-ography in general, I will bow in amazement and thank the Dalai Lama for such an unexpected and fruitful awakening.

wundayatta's avatar

@Johnny_Rambo: Duuuuude! I stand in awe! No, wait. I bow down before your awesomeness. Well. Something.

Oops. That might disturb you even more! ;-)

Grisson's avatar

My insights are usually work (therefore software problem-solving) related.

They seem to spring from nowhere. Sometimes in the shower, sometimes driving, (never both). Sometimes in the middle of the night when I can’t sleep.

Well, I said they spring from nowhere, but really the insight usually occurs as I’m thinking about something different from the problem in question, and I suddenly see a parallel.

@Johnny_Rambo Of course the decision to stare is your own.

Johnny_Rambo's avatar

I stared because it took me a while to figure out it was an ass…okay, MAYBE the last 30 minutes I was simply staring at its magnificence.(: I jest you know.

kevbo's avatar

That some women will only feel validated by negative messages.

That fictional mass media veils truths and agendas and is used to manufacture consent of the masses.

That physical health can unilaterally dictate mental health.

GAMBIT's avatar

Treat everyone equal and you will have no enemies.

Mr_M's avatar

That Danny Bonaduce really HAS no purpose in life.

basp's avatar

My insight came to me at a time when I was going to graduate school, working a full time and part time job, raising two children and taking care of disabled husband. One day I just realized I simply could not do it all and I was too tired of trying anymore.
I went home and hung up my superwoman cape and have only sweated the really important stuff since.

jonsblond's avatar

When I realized that you can’t trust the media. My entire adult life, I have sided with the democrats. I would scoff at FOX News. They were the network for the republicans for the last 8 years, right? Then this past election opened my eyes. I supported Hillary Clinton and was disappointed by the way that she was treated on MSNBC. Even by Chris Matthews! Something was wrong when Pat Buchanan and Joe Scarborough were the only people in the media with kind words for Hillary.

When Hillary was out of the race, and with the disappointment with the media, I took a look at the “other” side. I became a McCain supporter and quickly became disappointed with how the media treated Palin, and the love affair they had with Obama. Fair and balanced? My ass.

kelly's avatar

That the easiest sell is to a salesman, because they are eternally optimistic for a good outcome. They always view life and situations and opportunities as “the glass is half full”, never half empty

Grisson's avatar

@kelly Yeah, the most difficult is to an engineer, who thinks the glass is twice as big as it needs to be.

essieness's avatar

I would have to say it came from my dad when he told me that our purpose in life is to be honest, have integrity, and love everyone. I think that’s a great general rule to live by!

flameboi's avatar

is not about who you were, but what you will become
Luck is probably 75% of what your life is made of, so, keep your eyes open

Jeruba's avatar

A thing in itself has no meaning. The meaning is in your mind.

This understanding struck like a bolt of lightning one morning after I had been a student and practitioner of Zen for about two years. I’d heard the words and been exposed to the idea many times, from reading Wallace Stevens in college onward. But on that morning I got it. It changed my sense of the world and myself in it.

Foolaholic's avatar

Mr friend has a post-it note by his desk that says, “Just start. Completion will follow.”

Sakata's avatar

The most helpful insight has been about me and my personality, and I’ve uncovered those mysteries on my own just by talking about… well… me.

steelmarket's avatar

I absolutely, positively must keep my head down after I hit the ball.

Blondesjon's avatar

I realized that crying just makes your face wet.

I realized that what works for me might not work for everyone else.

I realized that everyone has their own agenda.

I realized that not caring doesn’t mean lack of emotion.

Jeruba's avatar

@Blondesjon, could you explain that last one, please? I’m not sure how to read it.

Sakata's avatar

That one’s my personal favorite.

Blondesjon's avatar

@Jeruba..Think of it as the sound of one hand clapping. It’s a personal mantra that, with introspection, leads to bliss.

bliss=not fretting so godamned much

Jeruba's avatar

@Blondesjon, I just had trouble sorting through the negatives in your fourth point. Isn’t caring an emotion, and doesn’t not having it equal not having it? Or is it the same as saying lack of expressed emotion doesn’t mean not caring? If the latter, then I’m with you.

Blondesjon's avatar

@Jeruba…Your linguistic skills are extraordinary but that is not what my statement is about. It is the pondering of this seeming paradox that enlightened me.

I think it was Harpo Marx that said, “Ooga Ooga.”

Jeruba's avatar

Ah, ok. Mu.

Sakata's avatar

Lurve for “Ooga Ooga” because it lost me

Blondesjon's avatar

@JerubaI think they have found one of the temples of the coast of Japan…

augustlan's avatar

That the past does not define me, or my future. I do that.

Trustinglife's avatar

I realized that it makes the most sense to respect my own energy.

I work from home and set my own schedule. I’ve realized (time and time again) that if I try to force myself to work when I don’t want to, I’m unproductive and unhappy. I’ve learned by experience that there are in fact times when I do want to work. If I don’t force myself to work outside of those times, I can get huge amounts done during those times.

nebule's avatar

inner child work

hungryhungryhortence's avatar

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A co worker/friend once asked me:
“How do you feel when you give to others?” I feel energized, expanding, joyous
“How do you feel when others give to you?” I feel static, cautious, questioning
“Okay then tell me, is it better for you to give or receive? Where lies your power?”

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