"Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves."
--- Carl Jung
Developing a knack for understanding is difficult for some people. Truly, it is one of the most appreciated traits a person can possess, but is allusive for some. Having it creates trust and helps to develop a bond between two people. Webster dictionary defines it as, "a state of cooperative or mutually tolerant relations between people," and "superior power of discernment." No wonder understanding people make great managers and leaders.
"An amazing thing, the human brain. Capable of understanding incredibly complex and intricate concepts. Yet at times unable to recognize the obvious and simple."
--- Jay Abraham
But understanding is more than just being mutually tolerant. It is also the power to comprehend things in a simple fashion. It is taking the complex and turning it into something that the average person can grasp. Webster also defines understanding as, "mental process of a person who comprehends; comprehension; personal interpretation," and "knowledge of or familiarity with a particular thing; skill in dealing with or handling something."
So to understand means to discern and to comprehend or to fully appreciate what another is saying, and yet to have a grasp of the subject as well.
"Wide diversification is only required when investors do not understand what they are doing."
--- Warren Buffett
When we don't understand something, we tend to either fake it till we make it or we fall back to a level of comfort that doesn't take the place of understanding, but escapes the effort and energy it takes to fully understand.
It seems that once we graduated from school, regardless of the level of education, we gave our brains a break… for life! Sure, we study and know what it takes to make a living, but that tends to be our limits of understanding or forcing ourselves to understand.
"Beginning today, treat everyone you meet as if they were going to be dead by midnight. Extend to them all the care, kindness and understanding you can muster, and do it with no thought of any reward. Your life will never be the same again."
--- Og Mandino
We all have a selfish side to us. We want to get to the front of the line first. Most of us will stop to help the elderly lady that fell down, but after that, get out of our way. In quieter moments, we may reflect and consider the other person's feelings and try to understand the things going on in their lives, but mostly we are too go, go, go to take the time to understand.
September 11th, 2001 caused a time of understanding. It was a time when family members called family members they hadn't spoken to in a long time. Funerals too will bring out understanding moments causing us to take the time to be understanding. That is one side of understanding: being caring and compassionate.
"Leaders are made, not born. You learn to become a leader by doing what other excellent leaders have done before you. You become proficient in your job or skill, and then you become proficient at understanding the motivations and behaviors of other people."
--- Brian Tracy
The other side of understanding is getting knowledge and using it. Using knowledge to perfect a skill and hone a craft and sharpen senses. It is understanding what you do and why you do it.
"Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding."
--- Proverbs 4:7
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"Do not sit, stand, or lean on zoo fences. If you fall, animals could eat you and that might make them sick. Thank you"
As seen on a apartment trash compactor somewhere in TN:
"Caution: This Machine Has No Brain. Use Your Own!"
At a street crossing in Chicago:
"Blind Persons Cross Here"
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