The Lightbulb Moment

ruminating on the life altering ideas.

Thomas Edison was absolutely incredible.  I never actually fathomed how remarkable he was.  Sure, he invented the lightbulb.  Pretty amazing since it allowed us to easily see at night time and continue to be productive. Revolutionalised the whole world really.  And he also created the phonograph!  Again, incredible that we could now mass produce and listen to a symphony in the comfort of our well lit home.  I have never really stopped to appreciate the magnitude of his inventions until I went to write this initial post.

I decided, as usual, that I needed to do a little research — I have come to accept that this is just a part of my process and this normally starts my journey down the rabbit hole.  I wanted to start my very first blog off by talking about Edison flying a kite, and how he had that metaphorical lightbulb moment… but instead, I found out how interesting of a guy he was.  

Now, if he was one of my students, he would probably be the guy that makes me take a deep chest heaving sigh at the end of a lesson.  He was deemed a “difficult” student and his mother actually needed to pull him out of the “normal” classroom of the industrial revolution (quite literally he grew up in Michigan – later home of the Model T car factories lines) and home school him.  She found he had a veracious appetite for reading, everything and anything.  

He had this sort of brain that saw things.  I am sure you have met one person in you life who could just really see things – and not just thanks to a lightbulb.  There are many different types of these people;  you know, the type of person who can figure out a way to make systems work, whether it be a people, organisational, or mechanical issue they are able to work out the mechanics to fix it.  Or the type of person who says or does the right thing at the right time in the right place.  Or they just seem to have these illuminating ideas and can just somehow always find a way to make it work.  They see a need and can meet it.  

Well, good ol’ Mr Edison, he saw needs; he saw them as opportunities and he knew how to capitalise on them.  But, nothing was really handed to Edison.  He was the epitomisation of the ‘American Dream’.  He came from nothing and became one of the most famous American’s of all time and his legacy will live on for millennia.  But the best thing about Thomas Edison wasn’t his inventions.  It was what he did to come up with them.  

Deep thinking. Hard work.  Failure.  Resilience.  

Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work. – Thomas Edison

He had a disdain for academia.  Know it alls.  He was a doer.  He just quite simply never gave up.  Some of his most memorable quotes are  I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work” and “What you are will show in what you do.” 

Thinking about Edison, it is hard not to be inspired.  To really just put it all out on the line and “give it a red hot go.”  This is what brings me to write my first ever post.  

My husband has been encouraging me to write for a VERY long time. In my head, it was  always a book — to make money so we could live on a boat and sail away from the world.  I just kept laughing it off, or using self-deprecation as a means to avoid yet another responsibility in my wheel house.  And, as ridiculous as this sounds, I always thought writing had to BE a book.  I have been teaching my students for years different mediums for writing, and I could not even see that I could write in the form I enjoy.  Articles.  My life altering moment.

<ding> Cue LIGHTBULB!

By trade, I am a high school English teacher.  Yes, I am passionate about studying literature and I love a good read.  But, what I find most juicy is the interwoven relationship between society, culture, and psychology.  I teach that literature is a reflection of society… but what is our modern reflection showing?

That is what this site is all about.  This is my lightbulb.  I may fail.  I may offend.  I may be wasting my time.  But what I hope to do is illuminate.

I pray that my ruminations just might be a catalyst for some change.  I do not expect it to revolutionise the world.  It won’t make life easier like the lightbulb.  It won’t make it beautiful like the phonograph.  But it may cause a pause, even if it’s just for my family’s  well-being and to alter the course and focus of our lives.

For me, to ruminate is to illuminate.

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Biography. (2014). Thomas Edison. [online] Available at: https://www.biography.com/people/thomas-edison-9284349 [Accessed 2 Sep. 2018].

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