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Trusting 30

The past 30 posts have been nothing short of incredible. I’m so glad that I signed up for the #Trust30 challenge because without it, I wouldn’t have had to courage to do some of the things I’ve done in the past month.

Here were some of my favorites:

Which ones did you enjoy reading most? I’d like to hear a different perspective. Which story was your favorite?

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#Trust30 Prompt 30: 10 Year Text

Speak what you think now in hard words, and tomorrow speak what tomorrow thinks in hard words again, though it contradict every thing you said today. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Imagine your future self, ie, you 10 years from now. If he/she were to send you a tweet or text message, 1) what would it say and 2) how would that transform your life or change something you’re doing, thinking, believing or saying today?

(Author: Tia Singh)

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@mandyboyle: You will do great things.

Hearing this, from myself, would give me the confidence I needed to do great things. I may have the potential already inside me, but it takes our own recognition to ignite that spark.

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#Trust30: Fault and Change

I must be myself. I cannot break myself any longer for you, or you. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Think of all the things that are not working in your life. That job you don’t like, that relationship that’s not working, those friends that annoy you. Now turn them all on you. Imagine that everything that’s not working in your life, is your fault. How would you approach it? What would you work on to change your life to the state that you want it to be?

(Author: Carlos Miceli)

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In most 12-step programs, there’s a part where one takes a “fearless moral inventory” of one’s self and then admits to the nature of those wrongs. I tend to think that this exercise is a lot like that.

It’s scary to admit our true flaws. There are flaws that we can accept, like the ones that make us colorful. Things like our clumsiness or our inability to laugh without making an obnoxiously loud noise. Then there are the flaws that give us pain to acknowledge.  Like selfishness. Indifference. Jealousy. Rage. It’s difficult to admit that you are faulted. Just say it out loud: “It’s my fault.”

But after the sinking feeling in your heart passes, and you recognize that you are flawed and faulted, it’s time to stand up. If there’s one thing I’ve learned, its that you have to accept yourself, even the parts that you don’t like. All of it. It’s all you. Fighting it will only hurt you more. Accept that it’s your fault. And then, move forward.  Do not dwell on what’s past. Apologize. Admit you were wrong. Make amends. Cherish what you knew you took for granted.

I can remember a friend saying, “Acceptance is the key to everything.” When it comes to our faults, the ugliness that all of us have a little bit of, acceptance is the only way to heal. When we acknowledge and accept, we take a step back from the edge and forward towards humanity.

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#Trust30 Prompt 29: Overcoming Uncertainty

Nothing can bring you peace but yourself. Nothing can bring you peace but the triumph of principles. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Write down a major life goal you have yet to achieve or even begin to take action on. For each goal, write down three uncertainties (read: fears) you have relating to each goal. Break it down further, and write down three reasons for each uncertainty. When you have three reasons for your fear, you’ll be able to start processing the change because you know where the fear stems from. Now you’ll be able to make a smaller changes that push you towards your larger goal. So begins the process of “trusting yourself.”

(Author: Sean Ogle)

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I want to write something truly great; something I can feel proud of whenever I see my byline.

Fear #1: I won’t be good enough.

  1. Reason: I doubt myself. There are no other reasons.

Fear #2: No one will see it.

  1. Reason: It hasn’t been written yet.
  2. Reason: I haven’t tried to make it appear anywhere.
  3. Reason: I’ll hide it because I’m afraid.

Fear #3: What if no one appreciates it?

  1. Reason: It’s not reaching the right people.
  2. Reason: I’m not listening.
  3. Reason: I’m trying to please everyone when I should really be looking to please myself.
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#Trust30 Prompt 28: Alive-est

Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind. If we follow the truth, it will bring us out safe at last. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

When did you feel most alive recently? Where were you? What did you smell? What sights and sounds did you experience? Capture that moment on paper and recall that feeling. Then, when it’s time to create something, read your own words to reclaim a sense of being to motivate you to complete a task at hand.

(Author: Sam Davidson)

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Feeling alive is something I’ve been very familiar with, but seemed to have lost touch with recently. Stress gets in the way, a million excuses get made, and all the while, living gets neglected. It’s ironic that we put so much energy into avoiding living. But that’s a story for another day.

I felt really alive while I was in Vermont on vacation last week. The afternoon of July 4th, to be exact.  I didn’t have my phone with me (it was locked in the trunk of the car). I wasn’t thinking about work or things I needed to do. I was just enjoying the scenery and a walk to Thundering Falls with Brent and his family. It was nice, not having to think about anything for awhile. A much needed break. I think those, for me, are the moments when I feel most alive. You know, those times when you’re not thinking. You’re just being. You’re enjoying the pleasure of doing whatever you’re doing and for once, you’re not thinking about moving on to the next thing. Totally in the moment. For a little while, that’s where I was.

Thundering Falls wasn’t what I was expecting. When I heard about a waterfall in Vermont, I wasn’t really sure what to expect exactly. I wasn’t thinking about the gorgeous walk across the marsh boardwalk. I didn’t imagine seeing a beaver dam and flowers that grew upside down. It never crossed my mind that I would be able to smell the water and a field and a marsh blending together in the summer heat. It was nice, just for a few moments, to appreciate where I was.

I was quiet on the walk. I spent most of my time just enjoying what I was seeing. The waterfall, the rocks, the green…Vermont is very green. Much greener than Pennsylvania. That’s the one thing that comes to mind when I think about Vermont. It has beautiful shades of green.

Brent’s family decided to forge on ahead and climb up to the top of the falls. I decided to stay behind. Chuck Taylors aren’t the best footwear for hiking on slippery slopes. Brent stayed behind with me. We sat with each other on a rock, breathing in the mist from the falls and just enjoying the quiet. We talked a little bit. We exchanged smiles back and forth. Comfortable silence.

I wasn’t doing anything amazing and I wasn’t forging a trail ahead. I chose to spend my most recent moment of alive-est just watching, sitting, and being in front of a waterfall in the middle of the woods.

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