Thoughtfulness and Understanding - Nikita Rajpurohit

Thoughtfulness simply means stop thinking about ourselves (stop being selfish for a moment) and
then give that time to understand others. Doesn't matter if we could help them out or not but still act of showing concern and compassion can help a lot to comfort the other person. Whenever we try to understand another person, it's necessary to put our feet in their shoes and then analyse the situation because until and unless we don't visualize the situation from the other person's point of view, we might not be so good with our judgement sometimes. Kind thoughts reflect a kind person, for example, if you see a blind man crossing a road, put an effort to help him reach the other end. It's for sure that the blind man might be enough capable to judge the road and cross it safely but still what's bad in helping them to reach the other end safely

Understanding someone is an art and that art comes from love, emotions and strong relationship bonds. Different people see the world from different perspectives. In our society, there will always be misunderstandings between people and those people's reactions will differ. Some choose to groan and even get angry about the way that themselves or others are treated while some decide to try and do something about it. Understanding is very important for, building trusting, and having open relationships.  Working with your students to develop their understanding of others is a crucial aspect of empathy. Teach them to put yourself in the other person’s shoes. Here are simple steps for putting yourself in someone else’s shoes:

1. Think about what that person has going on in his or her life. If you don’t know, ask.
2. Think about how you would act if you were in that specific situation.
3. Talk to the person about the situation and find out why he or she handled it in that way.
4. Listen to them before judging.
To live a healthy life and maintain strong relationships, being thoughtful and understanding is very essential.

Nikita Rajpurohit
The Fabindia School

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