Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood
Communication is the most important skill in life. You spend years learning how to read and write, and years learning how to speak. But what about listening?
“You are what your deep driving desire is,
As your desire is , so is your will
As your will is, so is your deed
As your deed is , so is your destiny”
The assembly started with the enchanting of shlokas, beautiful classical raga, a prayer song. It was a privilege for the class to present the assembly on the theme: “Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood” The class teacher introduced the theme and conveyed that Communication is the most important skill in life. Later, the students reiterated on the topic through their speeches and poems on the importance of listening. In order to really seek to understand, you cannot have already judged a person or situation. You need to develop a desire to understand — meaning a desire to see things from others’ point of view, to see their reasons, and feel what they feel. Student Sakshi Raikar analyzed the news regarding the recent volcano at Bali.
The students presented the Hindi poem ‘Neem ke patte’ that encouraged all present. The English poem ‘sowing and reaping’ was captivatingly recited. Student Shreya Patel spoke on the Annual theme ‘Gandhi’ in which she mentioned about his life, work, freedom movement & philosophies especially the power of listening.
The school Principal Mrs. Neelam Chakrabarty addressed the gathering appreciated the efforts put in by the students. She encouraged the students with her words to listen carefully so as to essence of this habit is a temperament that favors curiosity, open-mindedness, empathy and patience.