Understanding others

Doesn’t mean condoning their folly

Or overlooking the pain that they cause,

But it does involve being curious 

 About where they are coming from

And bringing an ear to hear 

Not just their words but their heart. 

It is a fools errand 

To try and change another person,

So rather than assuming victimhood

And reacting in kind

It may be more useful to seek to understand 

Why they are the way are –

Not to gain an upper hand

Or to hold it against them,

But to prepare for them 

The gift of awareness

That they will hopefully one day have 

The ear to hear 

And the eyes to see. 

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