Navigating through life is a challenging, trying, breaking journey that can be just as, or even more, beautiful, encouraging, and empowering. Everyday I feel like I need to be a leader, a voice, a badass, a shoulder, a light, a strength, a focus, a smile. However, being all of that takes courage, or better yet, it takes trust. Trust in myself, trust in my choices, trust in my family, trust in my friends, trust in my many jobs, trust in my employers, trust in my body, trust in my resilience, trust in the universe, and even trust in my car so I can be all of that and get from one place to the next. TRUST.
Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “Self-trust is the first secret to success.” We make short and long term goals, small and big promises, and our follow through is a grand example of how we build self-trust. Our follow through on the things we promise and set into motion for ourselves builds self-trust, while the follow through on the simple and the generous promises we make to others is how we build that trust outward. We can love ourselves to the end of the universe, but sharing that love with others is such an equally beautiful part of life. So we grow up, we get out into the world, we build friendships, relationships, families of our own, we give our love, we share our dreams, and the entire time we hope that love is safe. We trust.
Trust is the belief in the reliability, truth, ability, or strength of someone or something. It is confidence, assurance, credence, conviction. Those are major, major words. Who do you have confidence in? What holds the most credence to you? What convictions do you stand by? Trust, trust, trust. Trust takes bravery. Bravery takes self-love. Self-love takes confidence. We should pause more often and reflect on how much it takes to be a loving, well-balanced human being! Maybe the best thing to do is sit back and breathe in some gratitude for how far we each have come, then, we can regroup and get back to work. Self-trust. Do you have it? Are you actively working on it? Are you being brave with your life? I hope so!
This week was yet another roller coaster for me on the adventurous ride of life. This week I felt a crushing break of trust in someone, and I was taken down in just a moment. This big heart, this big smile, was just demolished in an instant. The love and trust I offered was taken advantage of, and I am still trying to work through it. I want to feel strong and impenetrable, but at the end of the day, I am even more than that. I am a woman with emotions, a fighter with spirit, and a heart who cares – I have self-trust in that. I’m a brave, emotional, light who will shine again, not dimmer, but differently than before. For all of the trials and tribulations we experience in life, can make us grow if we choose.
Today I offer you the topic of self-trust to help encourage growth, to help encourage stronger relationships of all kinds, to build something solid and loving within you so you can spread that to the world. Take a moment to reflect on how far you’ve come and how to cultivate more self-trust to bring you even farther. I believe in you!