Seth Godin’s blog post this morning was on point:
In search of metaphor
The best way to learn a complex idea is to find it living inside something else you already understand.
“This,” is like, “that.”
An amateur memorizes. A professional looks for metaphors.
It’s not a talent, it’s a practice. When you see a story, an example, a wonderment, take a moment to look for the metaphor inside.
Lessons are often found where we look for them.
I do this quite often; as I am learning, I find myself saying “this” is like “that” and I feel that my understanding is immediately improved.