“U”nderstanding

If “S” is for Strawberry T” is for Thiamine then:

“U” is for Understanding

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Definition of UNDERSTANDING

1:
a: mental grasp: comprehension
2:
a: the power of comprehending; especially: the capacity to apprehend general relations of particulars
b: the power to make experience intelligible by applying concepts and categories
3:
a: friendly or harmonious relationship
b: an agreement of opinion or feeling : adjustment of differences
c: a mutual agreement not formally entered into but in some degree binding on each side
 

This week I saw a bumper sticker that read “Common Sense is Not-so-Common Anymore”.

This word or concept of understanding baffles me.  Why?

Well, it seems to me that we can’t come close to accomplishing it.  Looks to me like:

Different languages keep us from understanding each other.
Different religions keep us from understanding each other.
Different careers keep us from understanding each other.
Different politics keep us from understanding each other.
Different genders keep us from understanding each other.
Different ages keep us from understanding each other.
Different life experiences keep us from understanding each other.
Different belief systems keep us from understanding each other.
Different economic levels keep us from understanding each other.
Different sexual orientations keep us from understanding each other.
Etc.

Even if we grew up together and learned the same things, spoke the same vernacular, believed the same religious views and politics, we would have something in our lives happen and we wouldn’t understand each other.

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A lot of the time, our choices lead us to not even want to understand someone with differing views.  (We know who we are.)

There are several books, seminars, and training aids to develop understanding.  However, the very small area intersecting with the circle of listening and with the circle of revealing is the very small area of “understanding”.  No matter how much you listen or how much you reveal, the amount of understanding remains small.

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This post seems to be negative, but let me tell you that when you reach the state of nirvana called understanding, it is life changing.

The noblest pleasure is the joy of understanding.

– Leonardo da Vinci

References:

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/understanding

Gary

About Gary

I am retired, but not tired. I still want to be valuable to others. I know that others are valuable to me. After looking back on six decades, I have asked myself this question: “What do I believe?” My mind filled up. My heart started beating faster. My spirit soared. I post blogs to share what my mind is working on, what my heart believes would help others and, what my spirit is communicating to me. What do I believe, you ask? Decisions dictate your path In love, not hate In tolerance, not prejudice In health, not sickness In wealth, not poverty In kindness, rudeness In happiness, not sadness In encouragement, not discouragement In faith, not doubt In courage, not fear I have been and will be challenged in each one of these beliefs, but the biggest belief is to stay positive and not turn negative. This belief helps me maintain all of the others.

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