“Trust the instinct to the end, though you can render no reason” Ralph Waldo Emerson
Trust is the gateway or foundation to many of the relationships we develop in the world; both personal and professional. It is the basis for almost all business agreements and, from a spiritual point of view, it is the glue that holds our belief together… When we begin a trust relationship, it is critical that we take our commitments seriously and avoid any miscommunications or acts of carelessness. When a trust is broken, it takes tremendous work to patch things up… and in some cases, the damage is irreversible. When I think of trust, I am thinking also of a soul connection with others and a commitment to treat each other, and others, with love and respect. If there is no respect in a trust agreement, the chances of fissure are greater.
“Every mind must make its choice between truth and repose. It cannot have both.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
Recently, when my circle of healing/meditation friends chose TRUST as our word for July, we were to focus on growing our self-awareness and trust, it got me thinking about the ways we misuse/abuse trust and the many ways we are guided to develop an intuitive trust in the greater good and for our own path. Every day, we wake up and begin our daily rituals or routines. We go to them because we are confident that they will yield the same familiar results we’ve gotten since we started the routine. We trust that when we do A, the outcome will still be B and sometimes we take those results for granted.
While our rituals/routines help us strengthen our trust bone, it can also create a casualness and disregard for the relationship. When we treat a trust relationship in a cavalier manner, we find we have fallen into the category of familiarity builds contempt; and the open gate begins to contract; to close. We must then revisit the relationship and weigh the pros and cons of continuing it.
“Trust yourself. Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life. Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement.” Golda Meir
As we develop our intuition and act more compassionately with each other, we find a certain ease with situations because we have grown to expect certain behaviors. We can ask for guidance and the help provided is invaluable. In terms of relationships where trust has been violated, recovery and rebuilding will take effort, persistence and time.
Just like we forgive ourselves and others for offenses, we can make the decision to forgive and rebuild a relationship where trust was breached. We can ask for inner guidance to help us find common ground and while it can be a difficult reconnection of a relationship we once held dear, it is still feasible. What about you? What are your thoughts? What would you do when a trusted relationship has been breached? Do you find room for forgiveness and rebuild or do you banish the offender forever? Do share! Thank you.
This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Daily Post: How do you recover lost trust? If someone lets you down or betrays you, how do you learn to forgive? And can you possibly learn to trust them again? Why or why not? In a person? In an idea?
Positive Motivation Tip: Trust is the foundation word for many actions and beliefs we have… Hold onto it and treat/share your trust with great care.