I’m a big believer in enlightenment. I’m not necessarily talking about Buddhist spiritual enlightenment and karmic perfection. I’m talking about the oh moments. The moment when understanding comes across someone’s face and they say, quite simply, “Oh.” Sometimes it’s soft and drawn out. Other times it’s an exclamation. More frequently the word is written on their faces as their eyes light up and brows climb.
Those are the teaching and writing moments I live for. To me, the oh moment is what teaching is all about. Without those moments, teaching simply isn’t worth it. I purposely structured all my teaching—along Socratic lines—to encourage as many of those oh moments as possible. Moments of inquiry and understanding at their own ability to answer the inquiry is what it’s about.
I like to think my writing has those moments, too. I want those moments to be there in the story. Otherwise, a story isn't worth reading.