Do you remember that old adage that “everything I needed to know about life I learned in Kindergarten”? Several exchanges this month have led me back there and how it relates to so many disciplines.
Gigi Vincentini (an amazing eastern medicine practitioner) told me (while twisting the needles) that her first 3 months of an extensive 5 year formal study of eastern medical techniques gave her all the fundamentals. From then on it was about going deeper in each area to understand them at the level that a “master” needed in order to “practice” and heal.
Robyn Cathcart, my wonderful and insufferably patient voice teacher, laughs at me when I have epiphanies about things he has been saying, demonstrating and mentoring in me for years. “Think of how much money you would have saved if you had listened, heard and understood in the first place.”
We don’t get it all at once, do we? And the practicing is part of the essence of our humanity. Yoda did say “there is no try; only do or not do.” … hmm Yoda, I’m not so sure. I am glad that folks keep trying. We can’t all be overnight Jedi Masters.