I had the blessing of being with my kids and grand kids this past weekend. Since we have all been VERY careful with mask wearing, social distancing, and pretty much staying at home, we felt comfortable getting together with immediate family. As I was challenging my 2 year granddaughter to do things such as jump off the diving board of our pool or go down the “big” slide, I constantly reinforced that I was there for her. I was someone she could:
TRUST. I would not put her in harm’s way. Deep down, isn’t that what we are all called to do – for our family, friends, neighbors, coworkers, even strangers? To be someone they can trust. We need to be TRUSTWORTHY parents, children, aunts, uncles, siblings, nieces, nephews, friends, educators, healthcare providers, lawyers, ___________ (fill in the blank).
My husband trusts me, not just to be faithful, but he trusts my opinion. He may relate an unwanted email he received or a challenging interaction with someone at work. Importantly, if he’s disgruntled or frustrated, he KNOWS that I will NOT join in on the “pity party.” He is sharing with me specifically because he wants an altered viewpoint. I find it my role to look at a negatively perceived situation differently, to be the “outsider looking in” and find a caring, understanding, more productive way of looking at the problem. I don’t need to add fuel to his fire, which will accomplish nothing.
We can find ourselves in one of two camps. There’s the one camp of sharing difficulties with people whom we know will look at things the same way we do. We want to ventilate, and we know they will understand and agree with us. Nothing accomplished, just verification, sometimes associated with overindulgence in alcoholic beverages and food.
Then there’s the other camp. We share struggles with someone because we TRUST them to help us look at the situation in a better way. They will confront us, questioning our preconceived “story” that is not serving us or others well. This camp is where miracles happen. We “get out of ourselves” and look at the situation differently. We are more resourceful, kinder AND effective.
How do we become that trustworthy individual to whom people will share? It all starts on the inside! Trust yourself! Remind yourself that integrity is one of the most important possessions you own, more valuable than any physical “stuff” in your life. You cannot put a price tag on being truthful with yourself, which then flows outward into your world!
NONE of us will get better unless something we are believing or doing is changed. I am truly blessed that so many people TRUST me (and call me every week!). I am also blessed to have so many people in my life that I TRUST to help me be the best version I was created to BE to have the life I was created to have.
Who do you trust? Who trusts you? It’s about integrity. It’s about Living WELL Aware!
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