Tenet 4 – Trust

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What does it mean?

Trust is a feeling of comfort that exists when there is an absence of fear. We have adapted to survive in a harsh world and fear is one of the most important functions we have to stay safe. Trusting means inhibiting your fear which can be incredibly difficult to do.

Trust is all about consistency; if you know what to expect, you have no need to fear uncertainty. If our trust is broken, it stands out in our minds like a sore thumb. The more we experience, the more we learn and the more we become aware of possible fears. The more you know about this world, the harder it is to trust; but that doesn’t mean you should ever stop trying.

Trust in the Universe

The universe is filled with uncertainty. In fact, the vast majority of all that exists is still unknown to us. Despite all that uncertainty, we still exist. We can get bogged down by disagreements about how or why, but that doesn’t change the fact that we are here right now. You can trust that we will continue to exist no matter how crazy things seem to get.

Scientists and historians have pieced together the true story of our universe and species over time. We are a group of carbon-based organisms that have become aware of ourselves and our surroundings. Since becoming aware, we’ve changed our world into a very different place and we continue to make changes today.

Despite our exact history, we’ve made it to this point right now. Although there is still significant inequality among our species, we are getting better. As knowledge spreads through our population, we learn to identify the problems that exist.

The first step to solving any problem is to recognize it as a problem. It will take awhile but we’re on a good trajectory and we can trust in that. There are progress boosts every so often but we also have tradition and competition holding us back. Although we’re on a good path, we must still work to make changes and trust that we will soon reap the love that we sow.

Trust in Others

You have all the same parts as every other human, all that’s different is your circumstances and experiences. The only reason any human is different than you is because they grew up in a different home on a different part of our planet. It’s only when we see others as different from ourselves that we stop loving each other.

When you empathize with others, you can see that the majority of people are similar to you: they don’t want to harm the people around them. This does not mean danger does not exist! You should still question the intentions of others, but you can trust in the probability that most people don’t care to bother you.

Throughout our lives, we experience a disruption of trust in ways unique to each of us. Although something has made you want to hide your love, what you are enthused about most, don’t hide it. Broken trust is hard to forget but showing yourself without a mask didn’t cause your trust to be broken. There are other variables at play and everyone is limited. Just because one person hurt you doesn’t mean everyone else will too.

Trust in Yourself

You’ve spent your entire life learning about and experiencing the world. You’ve grown into the person you are now and you’ve never been better suited to take on the world than you are now. Here’s a blunt truth about life: you’re never ready for it.

Life is all about adapting to the unexpected and you’ve probably done that at least a few times by now. The feeling of trusting in yourself is also called confidence. If you are basically the same as everyone else, you can do anything they can do. Fear only exists within our brains; it signals possible danger but it is not danger itself. You can do anything you put your mind to, even if it seems terrifying.

Because if not you, who? Who’s better suited to solving the problems that you know everything about. You would have to spend too long explaining your issues to enlist help, why aren’t you good enough? What are you lacking to do it? If you figured that out, could you solve that issue and then tackle the larger problem?

A lot of times we get ourselves into trouble and everything seems like it piles up and you don’t know where to start. Figure out how to start and then go from there. Even if Z seems impossible, you’ll never get there unless you do A, B, and C first.

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