2012 in Words: Trust

This month we’ve been talking a bit about trust.  It’s a challenging topic as there are people out there who aren’t trustworthy, those who tell lies no matter the expense and without thinking of the consequences.  Today we’re going to take a quick look at a couple of thoughts about truth that will hopefully shine some light on why we really should be more trusting, and why we often shy away from it.

Lies and truth:
“For every good reason there is to lie, there is a better reason to tell the truth.” Bo Bennett

The thing about lies is there’s usually at least 1 person who can prove your lie wrong.  When the truth is shown, not only do you look bad, you have to explain why you lied.  Lies don’t build trust, they immediately tear it down-and it’s hard to rebuild trust when it’s lost

What the trust reveals:
“I can trust my friends. These people force me to examine myself, encourage me to grow.” Cher

I think this is what we fear most about trusting and learning the truth-that it shows who we are, often when we’re not ready to reveal those things or show people who we really are. It’s scary to be totally honest and out there in the open about feelings, thoughts, relationships and business.  If you can accept that the fear is part of the growing pains, not only will you be a stronger person, you’ll help those around you trust you more.

Trusting yourself:
“Trust in yourself. Your perceptions are often far more accurate than you are willing to believe.” Claudia Black

You know that gut instinct you have sometimes about a person or decision?  The more you try that feeling out and follow what it’s telling you, the better you’ll get at knowing what it’s telling you.

Trust is discovery:
“You have got to discover you, what you do, and trust it.” Barbra Streisand

When you trust you open yourself up to an amazing world that has lots to teach all of us about life, relationships, each other and what we’re here to do.  Whether you’re religious or not, you probably want to know what your purpose here on earth is-it’s something that I think is hardwired into our very beings.  The only way to discover your purpose is to step out in faith, try some things and when you hit upon something that feels right, you have to trust it’s in your life for a reason.

What aspects of trust do you need to work on most?

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