Changing Your Personal Interpretation: Keys to Better Understanding

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I have to admit. I love the one word Daily Prompts.  Why?  Because I enjoy pulling words apart and learning more about its meaning. I also feel the power and impact one word is capable of possessing. Each day writers create beautiful peices surrounding one word. Bloggers have been driven by one word. One word that gives birth to poems that reach our souls. One word is capable of creating a moving story or entertaining tale. One word can make a change in your life.

Today’s word is understanding. Dictionary.com uses “personal interpretation” as part of its definition of the word. Personal interpretation is as simple as it reads. A person’s interpretation of fill in the blank. The way you see it.  How you understand it to be. 

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People have been dealing with other people since people have been people. Somehow this has not changed the fact that we still cannot get along.  The reason being…understanding.  Remember that dictionary.com definition I mentioned earlier? Yeah, personal  interpretation. Keyword being personal. Each of us views the world through our own eyes. We make decisions based on our own understanding.

Changing Your Personal Interpretation

Oftentimes I find myself looking at someone and thinking,  I simply do not understand.  This is usually followed by a series of, Why would you do that?  What were you thinking? type questions. I am sure if I were to ask some people those questions I might begin to get a better understanding of the situation. Now that does not mean I will agree.  It simply means I get why. 1+1 is now equalling two.  I am able to connect the dots.  I can see the whole picture now.

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Gaining a better understanding of people and their behaviors can help us to work together. I am not saying it is the solution to problems surrounding hate and other social issues, but it is a start.  If your understanding of a situation is tainted in any way, then you will not be able to see the whole picture. Learning about different cultures, medical conditions, and personalities can change your understanding about people. Remember it is your personal interpretation that determines how you view people. The more knowledge you have about people the better your interpretation will be. 

Gain a better understanding about people today. It just might help you with your annoying coworker, your evil boss, your lazy spouse, your troubled teen, your foreign neighbor, the girl or guy you have a crush on, your divorced or widowed parent who is dating, the unprofessional cashier at Walmart. I can go on, but I think you get the point. A better understanding of people leads to a better society.

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Go Take a Walk Outside: Outside Looking In

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We often find ourselves in a place where we cannot seem to figure out what to do in a certain situation. We consult with friends, family, co-workers, teachers, therapists, and sometimes complete strangers! All of this is done to gain insight to make a decision that we simply cannot make on our own. When our backs are against the wall everything moves quickly. The room spins.  We see what is in front of us and what is in our peripherals. This is why we are unable to calm down, think, and come up with a solution.

Are you tired of saying, Why didn’t I think of that? Well that makes sense! Oh,  I see!, along with any number of Ah ha!  phrases everytime a member of your support team solves all of your problems?  If you are, then read on.  This just might help you out the next time your back is against the wall.

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The difference between you and your support team during a difficult situation is location. Your placement during tough times is right there in the trenches. While others are viewing your situation from the outside. It is a lot easier to solve a problem when you are able to see every aspect of the situation. We can all tell the lady in the scary movies to avoid going up the stairs. We can all tell our friends to avoid a certain resturant because of poor service. We can all warn our co-workers of the traffic on the way to work.  Why is this possible? Simple. Because we have already been there. Also, because we are now on the outside looking in. 

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It is now time for you to take a walk outside. Take a walk outside and see what everyone else sees.  Meaning, remove yourself from the situation and look at what is really going on around you. You have to get a better view, a better idea of what is really happening in your life.  If you are constantly coping with the stresses of life, and never stop to take inventory of your life. You will never be able to figure out what is really going on.

Let’s just say you are having financial problems.  I’m sure anyone who is on the outside will be able to solve your money woes quickly! Why?  Because they are not tied to your lifestyle. They don’t need that pricey car. They don’t need all of the channels the cable provider is willing to shove down your throat. Those on the outside recognize reality over “necessity”. It’s also easier to recognize error when one has made and corrected those same behaviors.

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It’s time to let go of your stress and go take a walk outside! It is time to view your life the way other’s may view it. It is time to slow down and observe from the outside and realize what is really unfolding in your life!

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