to understand

I married a great young couple a few weeks ago.  Whenever I officiate a wedding I ask the couples to write their stories of how they met and how they got to this point.  In the bride’s story she spoke about feeling treasured because her husband took the time to listen to her and really understand her.  It is from a posture of listening and seeking to understand that you can really begin to communicate how deeply you feel for the other person.

In investing time to understand someone, you reveal his or her worth.  In taking the time to understand actions, we gain a clearer picture of situations.  Ask yourself what is your knee-jerk reaction to a person or situation?  Is it to understand or do you want to be understood?

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