Do you give people the benefit of the doubt or do you seek proof of their good intentions first? Are you quick to judge and ask questions later? Are you someone who holds your breath waiting for “the other shoe to drop”? Do you see the glass half full or half empty?
These questions are basically all one and the same. The answers reveal your beliefs about the world and the players in it. It’s not good or bad. It’s just how you see it.
But if you are someone who struggles with poor self-esteem or worries about what bogeyman is hiding behind every door, you might want to look at how you see others. Just as Denise Linn suggests in our opening quote, trust in people has to be reciprocal.
Just think about the veterans who we honour each year on this special day of November 11. Or the front-line workers in hospitals and care homes who have risked their lives over the past several months in order to serve and protect those they don’t even know. At their core, all these noble heroes believe in the value and goodness of others. It has always been about more than just doing their jobs.
The human capacity to show empathy, compassion, and sacrifice for the “greater good” isn’t about duty. It’s about a collective knowing that we are all connected. And that when one falls, we all fall.
It’s about believing in each other. For that is the only way we will successfully navigate these uncertain times.
We can choose to either see each other as strangers, or to greet one another as fellow travelers who have more in common than not. And yes, sometimes we may doubt the path we’ve chosen, but as Malcolm Gladwell put it in his book “Talking to Strangers”, “Doubts are not the enemy of belief; they are its companion.” So buckle up and get ready for a bumpy ride!
I believe the ride is worth it. For I believe in you and I believe in me. I believe that good will always win against evil and that love is more powerful than hate. And that joy can wipe away the tears of suffering.
What do you believe?
Until next time, keep your frequency high, your mind open, and your joy ever expanding!
Love from your Joy Mama,
P.S. If you haven’t already read my book Being Joy™, it’s a simple 40-day practice of replacing old self-defeating beliefs with new empowering joy habits. As your vibrational frequency increases, you’ll not only experience more joy, but you’ll also be a beacon of hope for others who have forgotten their own joy. Please join me on this important Joy Revolution by ordering your copy today!
If you enjoyed this post, you may also like these:
Image courtesy of Unsplash.