Can you Trust these people? If a sudden fire broke out, who would risk their life to pull you to safety? Would you risk your life for anyone in this room? For everyone in this room? Is it easier to risk our lives than to Trust others with our truth?…
Cynthia Davidson from Wisdom Wheel Trust card
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Who do you Trust?
Are you a trustworthy person?
The lack of Trust creates the absence of Integrity. These values Balance each other on the Wisdom Wheel, as you can see from their positions above, Laws #10 & #12, anchoring the North and South Directions.
Each time you hear of another scandal; in business, politics or the personal lives of people you know, realize it's a breach of Trust.
Such a short, simple word, yet how difficult to get it back, once it's been lost. Imagine the worst possible betrayal you could suffer. Losing your Trust in a spouse, a parent, friend or spiritual leader can trigger the most intense crisis; anger, depression and the questioning of all your beliefs.
For the next ten days, make Trust your watch word. Bring it up in conversation as often as you can. Learn more about who and what inspires your Trust. Why is Trust declining, while lawyers and their fees continue climbing? When does distrust begin? What do you do when you doubt some one?
Identify one thing you can do to increase the degree of Trust you have in yourself, at least. Do you tend to give your Trust too early or too late?
Here are some nuggets of wisdom about Trust from others.
The key to trust is action... Trust goes hand in hand with truth. Lying is always a breach of trust...telling the truth establishes trust, lying destroys it...The worst enemies of trust are cynicism, selfishness, and a naïve conception of life, in which one expects more than one is willing to give. Resentment, distrust, and in-authenticity are the result.... The freedom provided by trust is the freedom to think for ones’ self and to speak one's ideas.
Fernando Flores & Robert C. Solomon from their book, Building Trust: In Business, Politics, Relationships and Life (2001)
Self-trust is the most basic and most often neglected form of trust. Distrust is often a projection of missing self-trust.
Fernando Flores & Robert C. Solomon
To create a relationship of trust, ‘x’ and ‘y’ must learn each others’ beliefs.
Robert Muller, ex-U.N. Assistant Secretary General, retired Chancellor of the University of Peace, in Costa Rica
Liberalism is trust of the people tempered by prudence. Conservatism is distrust of the people tempered by fear.
William E. Gladstone Minister (1868-1894) British Statesman and Prime minister
Trust is a leap of faith that makes us vulnerable – to betrayal, exploitation, incompetence, chance and the unexpected – a leap that flies in the face of guaranteed fail-safe passage.
Allan E. Mallinger, M.D. & Jeannette DeWyze
Trust cannot be forced…Love, trust and safety can be brought to our relationships once we have found them in ourselves, by letting go of fear, guilt and defensiveness. …emotional nurturing and reflection enable us to release defenses that prevent us from experiencing wholeness.
Jack Gibb in Trust
To be trusted is a greater compliment than to be loved.
We don’t let go into trust until we have exhausted our egos.
The inability to open up to hope is what blocks trust, and blocked trust is the reason for blighted dreams… To sit patiently with a yearning that has not yet been fulfilled, and to trust that fulfillment will come, is quite possibly one of the most powerful ‘magic skills’ that human beings are capable of. It has been noted by most ancient wisdom traditions.
Elizabeth Gilbert (1969 - ) American novelist, books include Eat, Pray, Love
Imagine what the world would be like, if we could not trust the food we buy, the water we drink or that the people we depend on would not manipulate or harm us? ...The only way we can expect trust is to be trustworthy ourselves. Unfortunately, many people don't trust themselves, nor their judgments and decisions, therefore, we experience disharmony in our lives...
When they lose their sense of awe,
people turn to religion.
When they no longer trust themselves,
they begin to depend upon authority.
...The Master observes the world
but trusts his inner vision.
He allows things to come and go.
His heart is open as the sky.
Lao Tzu (c.604 - 531 B.C.)
It is possible to have mistaken expectations, but it is impossible to be “too trusting.” Real trust is deepened and informed by disappointment, just as spiritual vision is refined by disillusionment. Trust prepares us for the best by teaching us to prepare for a future far
better than what we may merely be hoping for.
D. Patrick Miller
Trust is about honor, integrity, and accountability. There is no greater freedom than absolutely knowing that you can trust another person. Trust brings peace. Trust lets me sleep at night. Trust feels right. Trust feels good. Trust is being free from worry.
Being trusted is an honor. Being trusted carries a responsibility and with that responsibility, there is pride. There is dignity. There is self worth. Trust is human. Trust is transformative. Trust is care. Trust is virtuous. Trust is authentic. Trust is pure. Trust is sincerity.
Mark A. Taylor
You can Trust me to post another entry ten days days from now. It will be on Higher Purpose, the 11th Law. Until then, enjoy your Trust lessons.