Understanding others’ point of view


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By Avdhessh Arya



Just a couple months ago I organized a community feast in my village. It was nothing religious, but sort of community get-together.


My parents have religious inclinations and they gave it a religious touch. They made my wife and I take part in various religious ceremonies. Considering the fact that my parents believe in such things, I participated in those ceremonies, though with a little skepticism.


In the end, both of us had to offer the food to the gods. I am not really that kind of stuff, but I agreed and sat at the place of worship along with my wife. The people from the singing troupe started singing a popular devotional song and I don’t know how, I got into a kind of trance, time stopped. And I felt something that I had never experienced before. I was in a state of pure bliss.


That day I realized that sometimes, in order to understand others point of view, you actually need to be there. It’s only when you’re in their shoes, will you be able to experience what they were talking about, not before that.



Avdhessh Arya is a personal development coach and voice actor based in New Delhi, India. He writes his thoughts on his website avdhessharya.com You can contact him via email at avdhessharya@gmail.com, facebook, twitter, or subscribe to his blog.