Years ago I wrote an article entitled, “Chinese Symbol for Crisis.” If you’re unfamiliar with the Chinese symbol for crisis and what it stands for, its symbol combines two figures, two key elements:
DANGER and OPPORTUNITY
I was reminded of these two elements, danger and opportunity, when I saw this picture:
But I also saw something more, a third element. Trust.
Trust on the part of the kitten. And more importantly, trust on the part of the dog: Trusting himself to know he will not harm the kitten.
Perhaps you’re thinking the kitten doesn’t know any better. He’s just along for the ride and whatever happens will happen. But I disagree. See, I don’t believe it’s part of an animal’s nature to automatically trust. Especially not trust the larger animal with the big teeth exposed! It’s all part of a much bigger instinct called Survival.
Yet here, in this young kitten’s life, a bond has already formed. He feels the warmth and gentleness of the good-natured canine he clings to. What could be seen as a crisis, is not. It’s simply trust. And love, too.
Crisis = Danger + Opportunity
Trust = Love
Love = Trust
Trust and Love Go Hand-in-Hand
And even if an equal sign between trust and love isn’t 100% accurate, 100% of the time, trust and love go hand-in-hand. That much I know for sure.
To what degree do you trust yourself? Have you ever considered that before? Or is trusting yourself typically something you think of as happening outside of yourself? As in, I don’t trust him or I don’t trust her? If you would like more love in your life, look at your trust, at your self-trust. There is a very strong correlation there.
If you’re not quite sure what I’m talking about, but would like to get to a place of more love and more trust, come join us at the newly formed Facebook group: Love, Trust & Pixie Dust. It’s only about two weeks running, and already we have formed quite a community of Pixie Dusters (almost 600!) sharing their hearts, what’s working, what’s not, and growing a community around loving and trusting ourselves more. Won’t you join us?