“Understanding can overcome any situation, however mysterious or insurmountable it may appear to be.”
–Norman Vincent Peale

Here is how I believe the pathway to showing understanding in relationships flows. It starts with a person in a situation expressing a need and ends with someone else receiving the information, processing the information, and showing his or her understanding back to the person. The pathway to understanding is simple and straightforward, but much can go wrong along the way as we hit barriers, detours, or roadblocks. The process requires knowledge, effort, and discipline to make it to the end and show our understanding to the other. But the positive effect it makes on relationships is well worth it.