“Blessed are those who find wisdom, those who gain understanding” – Proverbs 3:13
Last year I encouraged us to consider the word “Lovingkindness.” This year, I’d like to suggest the word Understanding, and the benefit of delivering this experience to others.
Although I’m a big proponent of the regular practice of any of the “super values” (Love, Patience, Humility, Kindness, etc.), I think we’ll need to experience a lot of Understanding in 2017 and I dare say well into the following decade!
Understanding has its roots in the Greek word Syneimi, which is a compound word that means “Together” + “to put.”
First, “Together” implies your engagement in a process with each other, to hear, perceive and deeply comprehend whatever life issue you are both discussing, struggling through or working on.
The word picture connected to the second part of this word is a puzzle, because the two of you are literally collaborating and assembling the things you learned about each other into a picture, which implies you have pondered, see and “get” what the other person is wanting you to comprehend and understand.
Practically, in 2017, I think we’ll need to have a lot of conversations with others who have diverse wants, needs and viewpoints that we’ll need to take in, ponder, reflect upon and work out with others so we all feel understood. May God Bless your efforts!