That A ha! moment

Posted: October 21, 2014 in Uncategorized
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English class in high school was tough for me. I know it seems like something that couldn’t have existed. I mean reading this blog, you can see, that my grammar praxis is, untouchable. That, by the way, was a joke. I still struggle with the north American vernacular in the written form. In high school though, it was worse. I was on the verge of failing out of a high school composition and rhetoric class. My mother was concerned but the English professor wasn’t. “I think Johnny is going to be ok. As long as he continues to attend class read and do his assignments. He learns as do many children with more of the a ha method.”download (10)

The professor was a tough one. She made sure that all of us students knew that, she was a doctor in English and could be teaching college students but, choose to teach at the high school level. She was tough and she was right. I do learn with the a ha method. This is why,  I think that,  this statement “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”, which is usually attributed to Albert Einstein (and by the way I am not quite sure if he ever said this), is complete bunk. I spent the first half of the english class reading through text books, conjugating verbs, dissecting sentences and failing miserably. Then I had my a ha moment. Some call the a ha moment an epiphany. Whatever it is called I had it.

The moment came and I continued to, read through text books, conjugate verbs and dissect sentences. The difference was I began to see C grades, B grades and every once and a while an A grade. Mom was happy I was enlightened, ok maybe not enlightened but, I did understand more about what was going on.

Because of my English class experience and the a ha learning method. I like this statement much better.  “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Coach called it practice”  See what I did there? I wish I could take credit for this, alas I cannot. I have seen this statement on Facebook. Even though the statement came form facebook I think it speaks volumes to resolution that is needed in yourself. Don’t give up on you.

If you are doing something good. Like learning English through proven techniques don’t stop until you get what you want. For me this was, a sliver of understanding for how grammar and rhetoric work in most of the English speaking world. I have that sliver now.

Another good quote is

Practice does not make perfect. Only perfect practice makes perfect.

Vince Lombardi

You may be working on something that seems inconsequential I would implore you as I did yesterday, to make your work perfect. Take heart you will soon have your  a ha moment.



There is a lot to be said for that moment of clarity


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