Take the shaped thoughts of another and apply them to your mind. Sometimes they fill a gap neatly, completing a synapse with a satisfying *click* of thought current.
Many times the expressions instead fall to the floor, with the other un-matched logical laundry.
Years later, you are getting ready for a change. Pulling at an exposed piece, you disengage the idea from its neighboring detritus and hold it up.
“What a cute thought!” You exclaim. “I wish I’d tried this on years ago!”