The last few days have been totally amazing for me. So many stories, so many reflections, but so little time. But what I wanna share today is something I really wish many will know. Too many people misunderstand and misinterpret these simple things in our lives.
I got this initially from what someone shared today, and it really got me going because I had this idea for a long, long time. It was a vision but I never knew how to put it, but he vocalized it perfectly.
Okay, trust. I believe all of us want trust. It’s something that will make us feel at ease, because we know that people are with us. Trust is a strong bond (that isn’t chemically created, sorry science kids).
But I always want to ask this question – how do we show trust? How do we give people trust in the correct manner? To that, I always believed trust is a “blind” thing and it comes in many forms.
Lending a stranger money, excepting him not to renege on a promise, is trust; Believing that a friend will be there for you in times of need is trust; Having faith in God that He has an awesome plan for you all mapped out is trust.
That was my definition of trust.
But here comes the conundrum – then what is doubt? Is doubt the opposite of trust? Listen to this story and you may have a clearer perspective.
In a (rather) popular manga series, by the name of Liar Game, the themes of trust and deceit have been regularly explored. Basically, each stage of the game would involve participants doing their best to con one another of their money, with the winner bagging the prize and the loser bearing the hefty consequences coming in the form of a debt.
There were two main characters in the story, one, a naive girl in a mid-teens, who believes faithfully that there is a good side to everyone, and the other, a genius swindler who has just gotten out of jail.
As the story develops, these two fought together in the various stages. In one of the chapters, the girl remarked, “Liar game is about trust.”
The swindler shook his head. “No, that is not trust. It’s indifference.”
And to end off, he made an incredulous, to me at that time at least, remark, “In fact, learn to doubt. Because that is trust.”
Back then, I thought it was just a witty remark. But what someone shared to me today resonated. There is more into this.
Doubting isn’t a bad thing (I know our primary school teachers will probably disagree…)!! Because that shows people care. They doubt you. They criticize. They put you down. But that’s because they want you to grow!
Rather than being indifferent about things, doubt. Act. Do. Then great things will follow! (Now, actions speak louder than words but as a storyteller it’s obvious which one I’m better with… hmm…)
Okay, but jokes aside, this is something I thought is important. Don’t fixate your notion of trust as believing, because believing can take many forms! This idea can change the world!
Because when people truly understand what trust means, indifference will be eliminated.
And that’s something I want to see. A world where people can band together and hum their favorite tunes (not literally, I mean you can picture the essence of it right?).
But of course, there is another form of trust that is really simple called faith. What is not so simple about it is the difference that it has made.
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