Virtue of the Week: Understanding

Understanding is using your mind to think clearly, paying attention to see the meaning of things. An understanding mind gives you insights and wonderful ideas. An understanding heart gives you empathy and compassion for others. Understanding is the power to think and learn and also to care.

You are practicing understanding when you …

– Concentrate and pay close attention,

– Reflect on the meaning of things,

– See the whole picture,

– Resist distractions,

– Put yourself in other people’s shoes, and,

– Forgive others and yourself when you make mistakes.


I have an understanding mind. I see truth about things. I have an understanding heart. I have empathy for other people’s feelings.

The Family Connection was established in 2005 by the Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands as an early-childhood initiative. The mission of TFC is to strengthen the community child care and early education infrastructure in the USVI by building awareness of the importance of early learning and development for success and working with community agencies to promote quality care and education.

One of its efforts is the Virtues Project, an international initiative focused on building peaceful and caring communities.

The Source supports the Virtues Project. We will publish one of the virtues developed by the project each week. 

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