Trust, like love, needs to be a verb. We need to keep on doing it, in spite of previous experiences, of disasters narrowly avoided, of opportunities lost due to reasonable, and at times, unreasonable doubt. When connecting, bridging between language and action, the trick, or rather, the knack of trust, is to favor neither action, nor language. All brawn and no reflection usually provides us with access to the school of hard knocks. Which can be a lot of fun, but not always conducive to neither trust, nor sustainable practice. All reflection is not all that good either, since that almost invariably risks coming to late to the party, all the best opportunities in life and in business already spoken for by others. Relatively little value in delivering an impeccably crafted powerpoint, if the deal was mostly sealed the evening before in the after dinner power schmoozing, when you excused yourself early to polish the last details. So, trust. Accept no substitutes. Besides, trust, repeatedly practiced, provides for excellent opportunities, either for profit, or for learning, and either way, for memorable experiences. A win-win! Eventually, through a long enough stretch of moments of trust, of trust chosen, of trust applied, a realization of win-win-win. Often hard-won, obviously, but that’s part of the deal. Life is a package deal. Trust.

Disclaimer: needless to say, you can do fear, anger, doubt and anxiety, but in the long run, it is less rewarding than trust.

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2 Responses to Trust

  1. librarybob1 says:

    Long ago, spears or digging sticks in hand, our forefathers and foremothers faced choices that only trust could solve. If the gazelle turns left will someone be there is turn it back to me? If a lion’s paw prints lay near the tasty roots, will someone watch while I dig?

    I think the story of civilization can be seen as a progressive loss of “innate trust” and the development of its weaker cousin, “situational trust.”

    That said, the latter may be wiser.

  2. johnkellden says:

    Thanks Bob, and I believe you’ve identified one of the crucial mechanisms of progress, the willingness to accept loss of innate qualities, in favour of externalization. The garden, returned to, this time consciously, and as if for the first time? Maybe the complementary counterpoint, of reclaiming ourselves as if endowed with intrinsic, innate, unalienable human beingness, something we have to yet look forward to? Meanwhile, repositories of human togetherness codified in words, worlds. In short, thanks for being here.

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