Paraphrase x3 Okakura

“Those who cannot feel the littleness of great things in themselves are apt to overlook the greatness of little things in others” (Okakura 6). Upon reading this sentence I was stopped in my tracks, what could this confusing riddle mean? In my free write, I not only aimed to discover how my three paraphrases impacted my ability to understand the text but also my ability to decipher the precise meaning. Some tools that helped me in my paraphrasing was taking words that seemed difficult to understand and change them into more recognizable and comfortable vocab. For instance, in one of my paraphrases I changed the phrase, “apt to overlook” into the more simple, “often ignore”. Creating an easier and clearer understanding of what the author was trying to relay was vital in my general understanding of the text. I was able to determine the message as an explanation in how to enjoy the little things in life, and appreciate them in others. I determined that if one is able to enjoy the little pieces of what makes up others, one will be more likely to appreciate them better as a whole. This is vital to one’s life because with a better understanding of others comes feelings of empathy and understanding making a more well-rounded person. Overall, paraphrasing at first seemed like a daunting task but was ultimately responsible for my deeper understanding for a text I was initially unsure of.

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