Thoughtfulness and Understanding - Ritika Tyagi

“A small group of thoughtful people could change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead

When we think of the word thoughtful, what comes to our mind? For many people, it’s probably something about being good to others. For others, the word may invoke ideas about selflessness and consideration. These are all common definitions of the word; but there is another form of thoughtfulness that many people fail to consider: that of reflective contemplation. When we are thoughtful, we are living in the present; we are amplifying the meaning of our actions and interactions. Living thoughtfully means living reflectively—attending to our thoughts, feelings, words, and actions, and considering their impact on other people and on our own future. Being thoughtful makes us more sensitive towards the feelings of other beings.

Understanding is to be fully aware not only of the meaning of something but also of its implications. It is to be compassionate towards all people. We seek understanding in all our relationships, be it personal or professional.

When the child enters a classroom, he wants his teacher to be understanding, patient and empathetic towards him. Then only a child feels safe and starts opening up to his surroundings. A teacher should have an understanding of the background of the child and his weak areas to help him reach his potential. A thoughtful teacher can bring a great impact on a child’s life.

Thoughtfulness and understanding both make a person mature and responsible towards others. We contemplate our actions and try to become a better version of ourselves. By being understanding, we become positive in our outlook as we understand not only ourselves but also others. We think before we speak or doing any action. We try not to hurt others in any way. Thus, both these values make us more compassionate and empathetic.

-  Ritika Tyagi, The Doon Girls' School, Dehradun
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