“We’re never so vulnerable than when we trust someone – but paradoxically, if we cannot trust, neither can we find love or joy.” Walter Anderson
On Trust: What We Focus on Becomes Our Reality... Andy The Turtle speaks.
There is something to be said about wish fulfilling prophesies… You know, the old saying, “what you believe, you become or comes true.” Well, while our thoughts might not necessarily create immediate results, they eventually color both our perception of the world and our place in it. I am not saying that, just like Houdini, our thoughts will make things vanish or appear, or even bring the mega million winnings into our space, but some variation of our expectations becomes our reality. If we can open our minds and recognize that there is the possibility, even a smidgen of hope, that as we learn to trust our own instincts and the goodwill of those we know and love, our worldview will shift for the better. Let me elaborate with a story of three turtles, as shared by one of them – Andy.
The Story of the Three Turtles as narrated by Andy
One day, three turtles named Mick, Andy and Roy decided to go on a picnic.
Mick packs the picnic basket with beer and sandwiches.
The trouble is that the picnic site is ten miles away and it takes them ten days to get there. When they get there, Mick unpacks the food and beer and says “OK Roy, give me the bottle opener.” “I didn’t bring it,” says Roy “I thought you packed it.”
Mick gets worried; he turns to Andy and says, “Did you bring the bottle opener?” Naturally, Andy, who prefers political discourse to food related matters, didn’t bring it. So they’re stuck ten miles from home without a bottle opener.
Mick and Andy beg Roy to go back for it, but he refuses as he says they will eat all the sandwiches. After two hours, and after they have sworn on their tortoise lives that they will not eat the sandwiches, he finally agrees.
Roy sets off down the road at a steady pace. 20 days pass and he still isn’t back. Mick and Andy are starving, but a promise is a promise. Another 5 days go by and he still isn’t back; but a promise is a promise.
Finally, they can’t take it any longer so they take out a sandwich each, and just as they are about to eat it, Roy pops up from behind a rock and shouts: “I KNEW IT… I’M NOT GOING!” Needless to say, they never spoke to Roy again… What would you have done? What trust issues do you have?