: assured reliance on the character, ability, strength, or truth of someone or something
: one in which confidence is placed
: dependence on something future or contingent : HOPE
: an arrangement in which someone’s property or money is legally held or managed by someone else or by an organization
: responsible charge or office
Trust (n.): c. 1200, “reliance on the veracity, integrity, or other virtues of someone or something; religious faith,” from Old Norse traust “help, confidence, protection, support,” from Proto-Germanic traustam, source of Old English treowian “to believe,” and treowe “faithful, trust” (related to true).
“Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.”
William Shakespeare (1564-1616, born to John Shakespeare, a glovemaker and tradesman, and Mary Arden, the daughter of an affluent farmer, William Shakespeare was the third of eight children. He was not born into a family of nobility or significant wealth, did not continue his formal education at a university, nor did he come under the mentorship of a senior artist, and nor did he marry into prestige. But he was destined to be one of the greatest writers of the English language.)
“The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them.”
Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961, an American author and journalist, known for his novels, “The Sun Also Rises” (1926), “A Farewell to Arms” (1929), “For Whom the Bells Tolls” (1940), and “The Old Man and the Sea” (1952))
“I don't trust people who don't love themselves and tell me, 'I love you.' ... There is an African saying which is: Be careful when a naked person offers you a shirt.”
Maya Angelou (b. Marguerite Johnson, 1928-2014, American author, celebrated poet, playwright, dancer, actress, civil rights activist, filmmaker, historian, and singer, who published seven autobiographies, three books of essays, and several books of poetry and was credited with a list of plays. She was extraordinary.)
“The shifts of fortune test the reliability of friends.”
Marcus Tullius Cicero (107 BC – 43 BC, Roman philosopher, politician, lawyer, orator, political theorist, lawyer and constitutionalist.)
“Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.”
Corrie ten Boom (1892-1983, Dutch Christian, who along with her family helped Jews escaped the Nazi Holocaust during World War II and, by all accounts, saved nearly 800 lives. She was imprisoned for her actions.)
“Trust no friend without faults, and love a woman, but no angel.”
Doris Lessing (1919-2013, b. Doris May Taylor in Persia (now modern Iran) to British parents. She was a novelist, poet, playwright, librettist, biographer, and short story writer. She was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2007.)
“I would rather trust a woman's instinct than a man's reason.”
Stanley Baldwin (1867-1947, Former British Primer Minister, 1923-24, 1924-1929, and 1935-1937)
“Love one another, but make not a bond of love:
Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.”
Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931, Lebanese-American artist, poet, and writer, who was famously known for writing “The Prophet”)
“But God doesn't call us to be comfortable. He calls us to trust Him so completely that we are unafraid to put ourselves in situations where we will be in trouble if He doesn't come through.”
Francis Chan (b. 1967, age 48, American Pastor)
“Anything that’s human is mentionable, and anything that is mentionable can be more manageable. When we can talk about our feelings, they become less overwhelming, less upsetting, and less scary. The people we trust with that important talk can help us know that we are not alone.”
Fred Rogers (1928-203, American children’s television personality, educator, Presbyterian minister, composer, songwriter, author, and activist)
Trust absolutely goes hand-in-hand with Love, especially self-love. It’s about having an intimate relationship with The Source of All that Is, and also loving and trusting oneself.
For some of us, it may take some time to get to that place of true self-love, self-trust, and authenticity. But once you are on that divine path you are Home.
Be aware also that contrasting experiences of whom and what one is can provide important and insightful information. That is, if one doesn’t get lost at sea and is able to swim back safely to the shore. One can then discover the finest gold nuggets and priceless treasures of one’s soul.
As I had written before, there was a time when I didn’t have a relationship with my self and Self. I was lost, and I didn’t know what I valued or if I was worthy of love.
The one important thing that I knew for sure was that I was a good mother, who was responsible for the two of the most important human beings in the world, my children.
There’s always someone or something that tries to wake us up out of our slumbers. For me, it was my son and daughter. Through their wholeness, innocence, and questioning, they pushed me to reach down and confront the shadow parts of myself. Nick and Maya reminded me that I was good, made from love, strong and whole, and very capable of being all that I was born to be.
I was then able to embark upon some intense spiritual journeys, pilgrimages of sorts, that has lasted for 20 + years. I also set up my own self-love spiritual practices of prayer, meditation, good nutrition, and movement.
But, that’s my journey. Every person is different and has a unique connection to the Universe. Please find and trust your spiritual path and create your rich interior life. Our New Earth needs you now, more than ever.
With Love and Appreciation, Tonya