Posts Tagged ‘Understanding’

So I Guess I DID Know What I Was Going To Write About Today

November 25, 2022

I’m not going to pretend that I didn’t at least vaguely have this thought when I posted this yesterday, but it was quickly pointed out to me that in some circles just saying, “Happy Thanksgiving” could be considered negative.

It’s not that I don’t get that, I do, but I think it’s important to acknowledge the intention behind what someone says.

It’s Illogical, But Also Completely Understandable

October 25, 2022

One of the hardest things for many people to forgive themselves for is for not doing more in a situation where absolutely nothing they could have done would have changed anything.

I Also Understand That A Lot Of People Aren’t

July 6, 2022

I’ve mentioned before that “being understood” is important to me. Exactly how important it is to me admittedly varies over time and circumstance, but I doubt it’ll ever stop being important to me. If I yell “Fire!”, I want people to react appropriately, be it running, grabbing a fire extinguisher, or taking careful aim before shooting. It’s important enough to me that in the grand scheme of things, agreeing with me is less important to me than understanding what I’m saying.

I think a lot of people are like that.

This Doesn’t Mean They’re Not Supporting You

November 26, 2021

It is fully possible for someone to respect your right to make a choice about your life (like, say, moving across country to be closer to some girl), and to hope that it brings you happiness (and it did), but to still think it’s a very, very bad idea (my parents were understandably less than thrilled with my decision at the time).

That’s Progress, Right?

April 6, 2021

To show how I’ve changed over the years (and how I haven’t), today I found myself comforting a friend of mine who had set up a special surprise for someone, and when this person saw it, they basically said, “Yeah, whatever” and left. My friend was understandably upset, and asked me why I thought anybody would do something like that.

There was a time I would have said, “Because they are a horrible person and they will die alone,” but this time I said, “Because they are an awful human being and need sympathy and help . . . but will probably end up dying alone nevertheless.”

Admittedly, Walking A Mile In Their Shoes Might Be Less Awkward

February 23, 2021

If you really want to understand someone’s attitude toward love and dating, try dating the people that they’ve dated.

Generally It’s When I Don’t, But There ARE Exceptions

March 12, 2020

Some days it’s a toss up on whether it upsets me more when I don’t understand people . . . or when I do.

What A Horrible Thought . . . True, But Horrible

September 19, 2017

If you want to better understand America, pay attention to the television in every waiting room you find yourself in.

– Matthew Phillion (from his Twitter)

I’ll Let You Guess Which Two I’m Thinking Of

September 15, 2015

It has been observed (specifically by Emily Dickinson) that “The Heart wants what it wants,” and that’s true enough, but if you want to really understand human behavior, you have to recognize that the same could be said of at least two more organs other than the heart . . .

Practicing Holding My Tongue Today

December 8, 2014

He who does not understand your silence will probably not understand your words.

Elbert Hubbard