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A goal properly set is halfway reached.
-- Abraham Lincoln


Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Grow in understanding

Understanding will never be perfect. Yet you can always move it in that direction.

Just because someone doesn’t understand you, is no reason to reject that person’s perspective. Take it upon yourself to work toward genuine improvement of understanding on both sides.

Seek to meet people where they are rather than insisting that they be where you want them to be. You have much more to gain from understanding than from alienation.

What prevents understanding is not history or status or identity or experience. What prevents understanding is the failure to communicate in a sincere and respectful way.

True, enduring, beneficial understanding can never be forced. You earn the understanding of others by working to give your understanding to them.

At a deep enough level, all people are more alike than different. Move past the differences that you’ll eventually realize are minor, and enable a rich understanding that continues to grow.

— Ralph Marston

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