Communicating for Understanding

To communicate is not merely to speak, but to be heard, and, more so, to be understood. Often, we believe that simply by expressing ourselves that we are communicating. The problem is that communication is a two-way street. That which is expressed must actually be understood by the recipient in order for communication to have…

Space to be Understood

Sometimes we must put off the need to be heard in order to be understood. Being misunderstood can leave us feeing powerless. This can lead to frustration. Sometimes, in an attempt to overcome our frustration, we try harder to be heard, thinking that if only we can explain ourselves better, if only we can get…

Experience The World To Experience Yourself

How can we know what we are missing if we limit our experiences to only that which is familiar? We are only given one opportunity to experience this life. This means that we only have one opportunity to experience ourselves within it. If we limit our experiences to only that which is familiar to us,…

What Do You See?

When you look at someone you love, do you see the ways in which they are being their best or the ways in which they are failing to meet your expectations, and perhaps even their own? In our own ways, we are all trying. Some of us have more success than others and some of…

Preferences as a Path to Understanding

We don’t have to care about the things that other people care about, but, if we want to be of service, we should still care about fact that they care about those things. We each like and care about different things for different reasons. If we want to be effective, useful humans, we must look…