Understanding

I love the invitation to understand.
To listen.
The understanding that comes from sitting side by side.
Even if the other person is different than you.
Especially so.
There is such gift in hearing
And learning.
And being fascinated, without judgement.
It’s humanness connecting with humanness.
There’s a joy that awakens deep inside
with the innate knowledge that we are kin.
Walking around on this earth,
Longing for love and connection.
With each other and with the earth.
I am better for it.
Let me never forfeit the chance.
Because of my own presuppositions.

“Understanding is the first step to acceptance, and only with acceptance can there be recovery.”― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
“Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.”― Marie Curie
“We are each other’s harvest; we are each other’s business; we are each other’s magnitude and bond.”― Gwendolyn Brooks
“One of the tasks of true friendship is to listen compassionately and creatively to the hidden silences. Often secrets are not revealed in words, they lie concealed in the silence between the words or in the depth of what is unsayable between two people.”- John O’Donohue, Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom
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