Heard on the mat Thursday night...
"...it's like they fall before they fall!"
Well said Binh!
We've all heard the saying, when the student is ready, the teacher will appear. Or as I like to put it, you can lead a horse to water, but drowning him is an entirely different matter. Our brains are funny in that there seem to be little doors that briefly open and allow in wisdom and understanding. Knowledge flows in pretty well, though it also appears to leak out nearly as easily. But real understanding, once it worms it's way in, is more permanent. The teacher/lesson/water is always there. It doesn't magically appear when you are ready. It's that a culmination of knowledge, events, and attitudes that allow us to finally notice what has just become obvious and unmistakeable.
So, what is the key to opening those little doors more often? It's largely a numbers game. The longer you put into study, the more chances you give yourself. Each min-Epiphany you have helps turn the lock on the next door into your brain. It becomes a seed for the next and the next.
So, the moral of the story... Persistence. Immersion. Practice. Repeat the words Binh spoke. It will either sound like a statement that the office Captain Obvious would make or a profound truth that will make you smile knowingly. If for you it's the former, then you have something to look forward to. If the latter, then we'll be excited to hear what's behind your next door.