When you choose to look down on something, you render yourself incapable of understanding it.
All hate is hurt, all compassion is understanding
Mama used to say, you have to know someone a thousand days before you can glimpse her soul.
I don’t like that man. I must get to know him better.
I just want to understand how people misunderstand each other!
Things always appear clear and simple from behind glass. It is in the thick of tribulations that blurring details arise, complicating my life. You can’t rightly judge me, nor can you assist, from a shielded viewpoint.
The key to good listening isn’t technique, it’s desire. Until we truly want to understand the other person, we’ll never listen well.
Walk with me for a while, my friend-you in my shoes, I in yours-and then let us talk.
If you want to have peace of soul, learn to forgive. Jesus’ secret was His ability to see into people’s hearts. Seeing their anguish and pain helped Him to understand their nastiness. So He could pity them rather than become angry with them. That is what we have to do: try to understand the pain in people’s lives…and not take personally what they do to us.
Before we can forgive one another, we have to understand one another.