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A very thoughtful and powerful message is being sent through this article. The sense of the gap between intent and impact is something ubiquitous but still goes unnoticed. It is very difficult to find a person who would say that he or she was never troubled by misinterpretations. But is it possible to avoid them? The answer is yes, and the way this problem should be addressed is discussed in a very beautiful way and I fully agree with it. But the question that persists is, how to exercise this solution? The key to this is understanding, “empathy”. Empathy is a commonplace term but understood sparingly. It is such a powerful emotion that can help us in bridging the gap between the intent and the impact of our words. The simplest explanation for empathy would be, “putting yourself in the shoes of another person”. Sounds easy!!! Then why don’t we put empathy to work? The answer lies within us. We must ask ourselves are we ready to put someone else’s emotions ahead of ours, or in other words, are we ready to accept what our words could mean if they are thrown our way? If yes, we have just understood empathy. Yes, it is not easy, and sometimes not feasible to understand the emotion someone would have felt because of what we have said but it is required to have a more emotionally matured conversation. I have myself been the centre of many arguments which aroused due to wrong selection of words and whenever I have replayed those chats in my head it has given me just one simple answer, “I should have said that differently”. Conclusively I can say that it is never about what you want to say, it is about what would you mean. If we can see ourselves receiving the words that we say, we would certainly be able to make ourselves understood better. This would not just bridge the communication gap but would help us understand the people around us more proficiently.

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