80 days ago, in the hour that I was quickly becoming paralyzed from my hips down, we both experienced a lot of fear. It was such a rapid and unexpected change. So we went to our card deck and drew a card. The card was Acceptance. Initially it was difficult but in our own ways we each started accepting what was happening. This acceptance took a lot of the worry out of the situation and from then on we moved forward step by step until today when I have almost regained the full use of my legs.
With acceptance comes trust, and many of us are being asked to put our trust in what is going on around us as we go into this period of increasing uncertainty and change. Trust is the antidote to worry. When we worry about anything the mere act of worrying creates the very thing that we fear. Our mind keeps heading towards something, and we repeat that thought time and time again. Since it is through our thoughts that we create our reality, each of our thoughts has tremendous power. So worrying is investing the power of our mind in a negative outcome. Most of us would think carefully if we were fortunate enough to have some money to invest. Our thoughts are how we invest our mind, and therefore they set up the direction of our lives.
Trust is investing the power of our mind into a positive outcome. That is not to say there won’t be things we need to handle, that we need to deal with, to confront, to be honest about. But eventually, once we have done what we have needed to do, then the outcome of that will be positive.
Trust is not naiveté, which is a level of denial about the existence of an issue or a problem. So often we hear people lamenting how they trusted someone or something and it went terribly wrong. But this is not a case of misplaced trust; this is a case of having buried our head in the sand and then being really surprised when life appears to give us a big kick up the bum.
We can see our attitude to trust reflected in the world around us, when we hear ourselves talking about the untrustworthiness of certain people or genders. But in truth our attitude to how much we trust the world around us is a reflection of how much we trust ourselves. The extent to which we don’t trust ourselves, we try and control people and situations. Control leads to delay, and in a time of sweeping changes delay is not an advisable strategy.
With trust comes confidence, so we start to believe in ourselves and are willing to face whatever situation we find ourselves in. If we wake up in the morning with the attitude, ‘whatever happens to me today, I will accept it and trust that it is, somehow, in my best interests. I will neither worry about or run away from anything.’
With this attitude, each day will be a triumph.
Love, Jeff and Sue