Lenten meditation, week 5:
"Seek first to understand, then be understood." This is my favorite one (not that one needs to have favorite habits...). Before you can hope that someone will get where you're coming from, you need to be open to what the other person is saying, where the other person is coming from. Do you understand them? If not, then how do you know they will understand you? And, here's the kicker: They might not understand you. But at least, if you seek to understand first, you'll at least know why they might not understand you, and there will be one fewer person in this world talking past people rather than with them.