Who and what To trust?
I know I can trust my cat. He knows exactly what he wants, when he wants it, and has no problem letting me know. I appreciate his forthrightness even though I’m often unable to figure out his motives. I can definitely depend on him and his friends to do cat things. They are cute and adorable and exhibit contented feline behavior. There is nothing better than a full bowl of food, a warm place to sleep and loving family to keep a kitty happy.
I know you can trust your dog. I probably love your dog, even though I have never met your beloved pet.
I trust that I am going to pay taxes.
I also trust that one day I shall face my demise.
Who are we? Who do we think we are? Can you trust your self? Trust others? Trust the government? Your doctor?
Another thing I know, as I grow older, I embrace process, because it’s better than the alternative. This is a personal truth.
People Close to You
I can trust my friends. Each one has a different way of responding to and approaching life. A defining characteristic of musicians is that they tend to have strong powers of imagination. I really appreciate that characteristic.
As far as people are concerned, we know there are people who smarter than we are and also less smart. It’s hard to understand the decisions they make and the actions they take. We know they can have some pretty awful ideas. Which is a good thing; it confirms our opinions about ourselves. We might believe we are smarter than they are. This may not be true, but at least it’s comforting.
Can you trust yourself? Will you be true to yourself? Will you avoid self-deception?
Do you trust your employer?
How’s that job security?
Do you trust the government?
How is it going in your city? Are they getting a handle on the things important to you.
Do you trust the news networks?
Watching an hour of cable news, there will be many references to insurrection, revolution, financial collapse, terrorism, kidnapping, environmental catastrophe, floods, earthquakes, robbery, death and murder. Repeat hourly, ad nauseam.
Side effects may include, but not limited to, negative and poor health, unsettled mental process, anger, disgust and apathy.
Then there are the commercials, lots of pharmaceutical commercials, for all sorts of ailments. Negative, disheartening, disenchanting…why subject yourself to it? No wonder opiate abuse and depression are major challenges in our society.
Hey, wait a minute, sounds like a conspiracy. Am I right, am I right?
Science and self help gurus corroborate. Thoughts we allow in our heads code programs for our minds and bodies. Mental state has a huge impact on health. Horrible and frightening thoughts elevate stress and release cortisol .
Time spent with positive thoughts is time not spent with negative thoughts. Very important to keep that stuff at bay.
I used to hate being wrong. My opinions were so sacred that the thought of being wrong held me back from learning new things. This was especially true in my musical tastes. My college days were spent worshiping jazz and funk. Surely those players could play anything, do anything. That’s why I played those styles, to be the best.
Meet The truth
Then I went on the road with a Country/Rock band, replete with a pedal steel player. The year I spent with that band forced me to realize my inadequacies as a player. And yes, Willy Nelson and Patsy Cline are geniuses, and I was too proud and inexperienced to acknowledge it.
One of the things I’m trying to learn is detaching myself from present and past. The things I am attached to have led me into all sorts of cognitive dissidence. Often times my opinions are totally off the mark. Rethinking is a habit worth developing. The goal is to separate those cherished opinions from my identity. A work in progress.
A teacher once said, “Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”
There is a reason for that advice. It’s just flat out healthy for our mind, body and spirit. A successful author friend of mine declares his true state of being as comfort, enthusiasm and love. I think that is as it should be.
What is the value of a fulfilled human life?
Can you actually tack a financial price tag on that? So many of the artists I know would be creating regardless whether the money was there or not. The most fulfillment I have ever felt has never come from my experience as an employee.
Each person decides what qualitative aspects define attainment. There is confidence. There is a vision for their life. What they currently see may be different than they want, but they work on closing the gap. There are obstacles, maybe self-doubt, criticism from others, all those challenges which need to be surmounted or bypassed. They know what priorities should be invested in, consistently and over time.
This requires tremendous introspection. A person has to be incredibly honest with themselves.
What is trust? Is trust part of our truth? Is it simply our perspective and the faith we have in our appointed tasks? That path is the accomplishment of our vision.
To Thine Own Self Be True. Right?
It’s never too late.
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