I've always wanted good ideas to strike me like a lightning bolt, but we all know the mathematical odds of a bolt of lighting ever actually hitting me: the odds are low. Very low. And so it is the same with the notion that good ideas are like lighting bolts that hit us suddenly and out of nowhere: the odds are ver low that a good idea is going to appear out of nowhere and hit us in the head.
I just finished bottling the batch of ale I recently brewed with my dad, and now we have to wait two weeks for the ale to carbonate in sealed bottles before they're ready to drink. Tack onto that the time it took to brew and ferment the ale, and now you have a fairly long process of disciplined work and waiting before you're ready to consume the fruit of your labour (in this case a smooth and bittersweet drinking scotch ale).
As I took those newly filled bottles and placed them in an ideal space for fermentation, it occurred to me: we live in a fast moving culture that wants everything immediately—including good ideas. The problem with this idea (pun always intended) is that good ideas are more like beer than lighting bolts. They require intentional effort to craft and periods of waiting to ferment and carbonate.
We may want our good ideas to show up in a flash, but our good ideas want us to work and give them time to ferment.