Do you trust in life?

When it comes to trust, we have one of those intriguing topics.  People say they trust others and life, but when faced with doubt or struggle, that trust becomes fragile.  The level of trust depends on each individual; and when it comes to trust given to a person, that then depends on the relationship and the things that have happened throughout the duration of that relationship.  But when it comes to life, it seems like trust is constantly at play depending on a number of factors including the person themselves.

While in a relationship with another person, you can pinpoint specific events and reasons why trust is given or taken away, with life it has a lot to do with your trust in life.  When something happens that puts off your plan, particularly those events that seem catastrophic in nature; it is in this moment that your trust in life is tested.  Fears are overcome through reassurance, and this can come from seeking guidance and/or help from others, from your past experiences, and from signs that are tangible to you that things are moving in the right direction and that there’s nothing to be afraid of.  However, each time you’re faced with a challenge the same ups and downs can take place, and this is where you find out how much trust you really have in life.

The beauty of life is its unpredictable nature, that same nature means we have no certainty.  This is why trust in life depends on a feeling, your feeling.  Every time you face a challenge and overcome it, that can be an experience that strengthens your trust in life; but your inclination to trust life comes first and directs your thought process to consider that experience as an experience and not a catastrophe.

It’s like seeing the glass half full or half empty; whichever predisposition you have is what will strengthen.  If you trust life, your “catastrophic” moments will become less and less “catastrophic” as time passes.  If on the other hand, you are shaken from life and don’t trust it, each “catastrophe” will be that and life will not be ok.  You can gain trust in life thanks to the things that do go well, but if deep down inside uncertainty is what stays, anytime life throws you a curveball you’ll get hit.

It’s a matter of what you feel in your heart and differentiating if what’s in your heart is fear or an actual threat to your life in those challenging moments.  To give blind trust is said to be tough; and when it comes to life, it is somewhat blind trust that we’re being asked to give, since life is uncertain.

What do you think about trust in life, and what level of trust do you give it?

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Inner Growth Word of The Day 67 – Taking

March 8

Inner Growth Word of the Day: Taking

 

Merriam-Webster Dictionary definition: (v.) 1. to get into one’s hands or into one’s possession, power, or control.  6. to transfer into one’s own keeping.  10. to adopt, choose, or avail oneself of for use.

 

Taking in a sentence: Taking something doesn’t mean it’s not being offered to you.

 

Taking in action: Getting something to keep for yourself includes any number of things, and whatever they are, they involve taking.

 

Taking and inner growth: A look at taking gets you to explore yourself and how you turn to life and/or others for things you may need or want.  This type of dive into your needs and wants, gets you to notice if there’s something you’re searching for through your taking.  It is through this in-depth exploration that inner growth can take place.

 

Taking and inner growth action steps:

  1. In-depth self-exploration questions: How do I feel about taking? When I take, why do I take?  What are things that I tend to take a lot of (non-tangible things can be taken too, like emotional support)?  Is there something I never take?  How has taking affected my life?  What do others take from me?  Are there some people that take more than others?  If so, what do they take and why?  How does it affect me when others take from me?

 

  1. List or word bubble: Make a list or word bubble with taking at the center and then list or put around it all the words that come to mind associated with it. From the words you put on the list, associate to each of them something you’ve taken or has been taken from you.  Next list three times in your life taking helped you and/or someone else.

 

  1. Bring your awareness to your feelings about taking and let them flow. If thoughts come to mind, pause them for as long as possible (try at least five minutes).  Once you’ve allowed your emotions to run freely, start noticing the thoughts that cross your mind and explore them one by one, always allowing your feelings to flow and do the talking.

 

Your turn – Share your taking sentence, life examples, and inner growth action steps; and let me know if you’d like to see something added to our Inner Growth Word of The Day explorations 🙂