Notes: Misunderstandings to understanding

I am often misunderstood.

Some think I am arrogant. Many think I am too much into myself. And others think that I don’t give room so that they can understand me.

Whenever they say these words, I smile to myself and read these lines written by one of my favorite authors, Ralph Waldo Emerson –

Is it so bad, then, to be misunderstood? Pythagoras was misunderstood, and Socrates, and Jesus, and Luther, and Copernicus, and Galileo, and Newton, and every pure and wise spirit that ever took flesh. To be great is to be misunderstood.

I am misunderstood. True. You are misunderstood. True.

But what if, all these misunderstandings ultimately get transmuted into understanding. Would you be able to go through this phase of being misunderstood then?

Eminent Novelist, Haruki Murakami has the answer for this. He says –

Understanding is the sum of misunderstandings.

Let people misunderstand you. It’s not your job to make them understand. Be silent and do your work.


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