trust | [noun: own it] | [verb: do it]
- Firm reliance on the integrity, ability, or character of a person
- Reliance on something in the future; a hope.
- To place confidence in; depend on, believe
- To expect with assurance
synonyms: assurance, certainty, confidence, conviction, credit, faith, hope, reliance
Dedicated to KP, a mountain man and a rocket scientist. Thanks to you, there are so many of us, trusting our feet.
Once upon a time, in what seems like a lifetime ago, a NYC princess took a 4 day vacation with her New Best Friend. “We’ll rock climb all day, and sleep under the stars every night”, said her friend. So, the princess packed a duffle bag and headed out to a far, far away land, known as California.
“I’ll need to make a quick stop into my family’s home, to pick up some supplies”, said her NBF, and the two swung the Land Cruiser into to Beverly Hills to pick up North Face gear and a cooler full of champagne. It was going to be a great adventure.
They drove for hours in the dark of night.
When the SUV arrived in the desert, the princess was quite concerned about her new accomodations.
“It’s really dark out here!” she moaned. “I’m not used to all this open space, hey – what’s with the howling – are there coyotes out here?!” NBF replied “Don’t be afraid I’ve got everything under control. I planned this trip, and know that we’re. Close your eyes and get a good night’s sleep. Trust me.”
And the princess did.
The only way to make a man trustworthy is to trust him. Henry L. Stimson
In the morning, the young ladies arose to an incredible sight; thousands of Joshua trees, standing like people, for miles! The two marveled over the fuschia sunrise as they noshed on espresso, baguettes, cheese and berries (the way every princess should). When they were satisfied, they set off to scramble rock formations.
The two bouldered for hours until they found a tall beautiful structure to navigate through.
“Let’s take our time on this one,” said NBF , “and when we reach the top we’ll have the instant gratification of sweet success!”.. And so they began their ascent, free of ropes.
NBF was far ahead of the fair princess when she shouted down:
“Beware of the exposure!”
“What’s that?” asked the princess.
“It’s when people recognize how far they’ve come… and then get afraid. The feeling climbing so high and being so exposed sometimes makes people feel vulnerable!” shouted NBF.
With this, the princess looked down to about 100 feet of rolling granite beneath her.
“Oh God,” she thought, I’m waaaaay up here” , and with that, her right foot slipped out from under her! She slid down the rock about 5 feet until she grabbed onto a tiny ledge with her little fingertips. Scared for her life, she clung on with all the power she could find.
You may be deceived if you trust too much, but you will live in torment unless you trust enough. Frank Crane
The princess hung on the hot desert rock for about 25 minutes. She was shaking in fear and dehydrated. NBF couldn’t reach her. She was on her own. It was no fun at all.
And then The Universe smiled down. A shiny white pickup truck appeared. A very handsome mountain-man wearing very tight climbing pants shouted up “Can I give you a hand, Miss?”
“Nothing would make me happier!” shouted the princess.
In the blink of an eye the mountain man scrambled up the formation, and in no time stood only 15 feet away from her. (BTW, he was also fit, tan and gorgeous.The princess was very, VERY happy.)
“I’ll help you,” he said, “but you’ll need to move yourself over here, near me. I will talk you through it, I’ll guide every move you make but you’ll have to do the work, yourself. Do you understand?”
“I’m afraid!” cried the princess.
“Don’t be afraid. Trust Your Feet” smiled the mountain man, patiently.
And the Princess did.
Trust only movement. Life happens at the level of events, not of words. Trust movement. Alfred Adler
That night over the campfire, after drinking way too much champagne, the mountain man told the princess “I hope you realize that you climbed down all by yourself today. All you ever need to do is Trust Your Feet. They take you everywhere you need to go! Trust in you. Always.”
And the Princess did.
The mountain man and fair princess lived happily ever after, (well, for almost 2 years they enjoyed a rockin; long distance relationship). When they parted ways, he reminded her “There’s no need to be afraid. Believe in yourself. Trust your Feet.
And I did. x.slk
Philosophy In Action
Every day this week, be someone whom others can rely on. Only take on projects that you can handle. Arrive on time to your appointments, call when you say you will. Keep your promises. More than anything – commit and build trust in yourself… for yourself.
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