Try To Understand Before You Are Understood

I know I don’t talk about my work very often here on the blog.  For me, it’s important to try and keep the two separate.  This blog is a place for me to be fun and have fun, find inspiration, and hopefully inspire a few people along the way as well.  Not to mention. . . I just like writing :).

But, sometimes my work creeps into my little head so much that I want to include it on the blog.

We had a training this morning about working with clients, specifically focusing on de-escalation techniques.   We work with a lot of people in crisis, and in those moments it is so important to meet a client where they are at.

Something that was said during the training has REALLY stuck with me, and is something that I want to very intentionally work to integrate into my everyday life, both personally and professionally.

Try to understand before you are understood.

As a social worker, and a for-fun writer, wife, daughter and friend, I found this quote extremely relevant to basically every aspect of my day-to-day.

I am an outspoken person.  I have opinions, and I voice them.  I am passionate, vocal, and sometimes stubborn.   I have a lot to say and want to be heard.  While I can see that this is all good in many circumstances, there are times when I need to work on UNDERSTANDING where others are coming from before I get on my own soap box.

I am not normally a fan of New Year’s Resolutions, but this is something that starting today, I am going to resolve to work on. Everyday.  In all my relationships, interactions, and even passions.


Ok — as of this evening, I will be back to normal running and healthy living fun stuff, I swear 🙂


Question of the Afternoon:  Can anybody else relate to this?  Any other out-of-the box  resolutions?

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