understanding

I struggled to think of a suitable post for ‘u’.

I plumped for ‘understanding’ in the end, in the sense that what we go through, the experiences we have and share, the suffering we encounter – all this increases our understanding.

For a writer to inform, to inspire, to encourage – it helps to understand.

Understand the issue.  Understand the person.  Understand an opinion, even if you don’t hold it. Understand someone else’s – or indeed your own – pain. What we go through in life expands our horizons, pushes the boundaries of our thoughts and ideas, and (I hope) gives us compassion for those who have experienced similar circumstances.

Conversely, it is very unpleasant to be misunderstood, or misheard (see reflection here). I don’t like it one bit!

So, as a writer I seek both to understand – and to be understood.


A to Z posts – reflecting on my writing journey

A to Z theme reveal
A is for … acorns
B is for … bricks
C is for … change
D is for … dreams
E is for … empathy
F is for … forgetfulness
G is for … gifts
H is for … hiatus
I is for … imagination
J is for … jewels
K is for … knowledge
L is for … living
M is for … meaning
N is for … novels
O is for … observe
P is for … persist
Q is for … quiet
R is for … reading
S is for … secrecy
T is for … timing

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9 thoughts on “understanding

  1. When it comes to us understanding, I think there are two sorts, understanding for our benefit and understanding for the other’s. It can be a matter of wanting to get the information right and correctly ordered in our mind for our own use or else it’s a matter of understanding the person, rather than their message, in order to empathise or sympathise.

    Logic suggests there must still be two sorts when we’re on the other end; we want people to empathise. sympathise, generally ‘get’ where we’re coming from but we should also take care that information we present is in a form that is useful to anyone else.

  2. Not sure who wrote this great prayer I found online: Father, help us to be slow to speak, quick to listen, and eager to give the benefit of the doubt to others. We often jump to conclusions that are erroneous due to our own preconceived ideas or based on past experiences. Give each of us an understanding heart, a forgiving attitude, and a discerning spirit as we relate to those who intersect our paths from day to day. In the name of Jesus we pray, amen.

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