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See the world through their eyes

May 14, 2012

Here’s a great idea…

In his publication, The Parenting Journey, H. Wallace Goddard says, “People do what they do for reasons that make sense to them. When a [person’s] actions do not make sense to us, it is probably because we don’t fully understand the [person’s] wants or needs.”

In other words…

We often accuse other people of being irrational or uninformed. We may think them quite stupid! But we may not realize that there is a logic to what other people think and do. If we want to understand others and work well with them, we should make an effort to see the world through their eyes. We may not agree with them but we can understand them.

Here’s how you can use this idea to have a better life…

Next time someone says or does something that seems idiotic, take that as an opportunity. You are being invited to get out of your own way of thinking and step into the other person’s. The best way to do this is to listen carefully and ask respectful questions until that person starts making sense to you.

To Find Out More…
about personal well-being, check out The Personal Journey or Managing Stress programs at arfamilies.org, follow us at facebook.com/navigatinglife or contact your local county Extension agent.

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