good life – a new series
Part of cultivating a good life is instilling trust in those we love the most.
I’ve been thinking a lot about trust. As important as it is to trust others, we also need to trust our instincts on who not to trust. As much as I wish we could trust everyone, that’s not reality. Like many of you, I’ve learned that the hard way. It’s okay to be selective in this context.
When I reflect on different things that make up who I am, I often find myself turning to my childhood. I don’t recall having a curfew as a teenager. For real. In those formative years of expanding freedom, I always knew my parents trusted me. I’m not sure I recognized it for what that really meant at the time, but in thinking back – I am absolutely certain that my parents’ trust in me to make good choices has had a lasting impact on me.
Because of that trust that my parents instilled in me, I have a strong desire to do the same with our children. I try to ensure that they feel trusted and I also use those words often – “I trust you.” I trust our children to be kind, respectful, hardworking, responsible, and to always strive to do what is right. Just like us, they will stumble and make mistakes. As their mother, it is my role to help them brush the dirt from their knees, hold their chin up high, remember who they are, and figure out how to put one foot in front of the other again.
This is the first of a brand-new weekly series for the blog in 2014. Each Sunday there will be a thought on what it means to cultivate a good life. For the most part, these thoughts will come from others – not me. I will be inviting others to share a piece of their heart and life philosophy with us so that we maintain a well-rounded perspective. Personal friends, professional acquaintances, even a little from my own family from time to time.
My hope is that these weekly posts will be a positive jumpstart to our week. There is so much to learn from others and I, for one, appreciate so much the unique perspective we each have on life, based on our innate individuality and life experiences. May you feel uplifted as you read the insights shared about how to cultivate a Good Life.