This post is a follow on from my last post.
If you haven’t read part one I suggest you do so here: It’s A Trust Thing….. Part 1
Now I’ll carry on where I left off…
Now the big question. What happens when you have utmost trust but things still go wrong? Especially the big things in life that include war, famine, disease and death.
How do you have trust then?
How do you have trust when a close family member or friend gets cancer? How do you have trust when bombs are raining down on you, when there’s no more food to eat, when your home burns down, or any other major disaster that happens in your life?
I’m not sure there is only one answer to all of that.
The cynics will say you can’t trust in something that lets all this happen and all the dialogue that goes with that.
Other people will say it was meant to be and it’s all part of a grand plan.
You will have your own viewpoint.
I personally don’t subscribe to either of the answers I gave above. I’m not God. How could I possibly know the answers to everything?
And that’s the thing. We are all human. We don’t understand everything. It’s not possible to see the whole picture that is playing out.
Some people will always be able to trust in the Divine and some people wont. And that’s OK. I’ve lost both my parents to cancer, friends in the past have committed suicide, and another good friend died of cancer at a young age.
At these moments I’ve questioned life, the universe and everything. I’ve struggled to trust that everything will be ok, that life goes on without the ones you care about.
Except it does.
And over time I’ve come to trust in myself. In my ability to carry on despite the overwhelming burden of grief that I feel. That I have the ability to live life. To comfort those around me and to try and make a positive difference in the world.
I’ve also come to realise that in trusting myself I also trust the Divine. Because within me I carry a spark of that Divine. You could call it your Soul or your Higher Self.
My soul is a spiritual being on a human journey that I believe has been through many lifetimes. Human or otherwise.
I don’t begin to pretend to understand everything that my soul needs to learn on this journey.
But I’ve learnt to take it as it comes. To take the good and the bad and to try and learn from it all. Sometimes life is amazing and I revel in it. Other times I’ve been brought to the depths of despair where I’ve even wandered why I bother with this thing we call life.
Somewhere inside myself though I’ve found that spark that keeps me going. That trust in myself that I will survive what is going on around me.
And in that moment of discovering trust I realise that I have no control over anything except myself and my actions. I get to choose how I react to the good and bad around me.
Sometimes those choices require me to seek help from others and to dig deep for answers. No one is ever expected to walk this journey alone. There are so many resources and people out there who are willing to help.
Trust yourself to ask for that help.
There is so much we don’t have control over on this planet of ours but we have control over ourselves to make choices. Be they good or bad. Humans have free will to make choices that no one not even God has control over. Now there’s a discussion waiting to happen.
The more good choices people make the less bad things will happen in the world. It’s a slow process but if you can trust yourself to make good choices then maybe other people can too.
An example of this is an African American woman called Rosa Parks.
On December 1st 1955 she refused to give up her seat for a white passenger and violated the racial segregation laws of the time. This had a big impact on the post-war civil rights movement in the US.
One small act of courage and trust in the self can have world changing effects. Through one simple act Rosa Parks influenced enormous change.
Look her up on the Internet or in the history books. A movie has been made about her and ‘Dr Who’ recently dedicated a whole episode to her.
The stuff we have no control over such as natural disasters, disease, accidents etc. is a lot harder to come to terms with in how we can trust a greater force. There’s a bigger picture we don’t understand.
But in those moments some humans know they can make a difference and they trust in their own abilities to do so.
Some people perform amazing feats of bravery in helping others, or they co-ordinate incredible relief programs to help those who have suffered on mass.
The list is endless of what individuals have achieved in the face of adversity. The trust in their self-belief is nothing short of amazing sometimes.
Take chef Jose Andres for example. He was inspired to take action after watching hurricane Maria devastate Puerto Rico.
He mobilised a team through his not-for-profit ‘World Central Kitchen’ that has fed more people than any government organisation or agencies such as the Red Cross have.
Through a network of kitchens Andres has served over 2.8 million meals across the island of Puerto Rico and hopes to empower communities through food. You can find out more about their work here: World Central Kitchen
So human beings have an amazing ability to trust in themselves and their ability to bring some Light into the world.
And out of this maybe, just maybe, when everything is at it’s worst someone somewhere is doing an extraordinary amount of good to bring hope to those who need it most.
That someone is embracing their divinity to bring about positive change. And when this happens I trust that a greater power than I can understand is working through a human being to bring some Light into this world of ours.
If we all can embrace our own divinity once in awhile we can all shine a little Light into the darkness.
It’s a trust thing.