To understand is to be thoroughly familiar with, to comprehend clearly the subtleties of, and grasp the significance, implications, or importance of something. Using this definition, it becomes difficult to acknowledge that we truly understand much.
To do is to accomplish – and to accomplish is to carry out, bring to conclusion, to perfect.
Therefore, it is in the accomplishment, the ability to bring to conclusion that allows us the opportunity to actually understand. The adage that we need to walk a mile in someone’s shoes before we know applies. The intellectual awareness combined with the “knowing” that comes from doing brings understanding. And once we understand, we change.
Copyright 2011 Lynn Borenius Brown
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