December 20, 2012 Secret of Adulthood: When the Student Is Ready, the Teacher Appears. Further Secrets of Adulthood: Have you ever had an experience when a teacher appeared, when you needed one? I find this to be almost uncannily true. Also ... What's your favorite Christmas picture book? I had fun writing about my favorite for the New York Times Motherlode blog. Can you guess it? One hint: the sense of smell. Tags: learning readiness Secrets of Adulthood teacher Zen 16 Comments Other posts you might be interested in . . . Secret of Adulthood: I Wish I Could Not Wish Secrets of Adulthood: Happiness Doesn’t Always Make You Feel Happy. Secret of Adulthood: Take Yourself Less Seriously–and Take Yourself More Seriously. Secrets of Adulthood: Nothing Is More Exhausting Than the Task That’s Never Started.