I've been thinking about belief lately, particularly with respect to the definition "a state or habit of mind in which trust or confidence is placed in some person or thing." Other definitions discuss the trust placed after examination of evidence.
While trust relationships could be the subject of several posts, what I'm thinking about more is what happens when we actively show trust in people around us. Trusting others with our feelings, our possessions, our esteem, even our physical well-being can be a really scary thing...since the very act of trust makes us vulnerable. Even the word confidence implies a level of intimacy and care that should be implicit. Which makes sense, when you consider that usually trust grows the longer we know someone. Even when the trust is shaken or damaged, it's the previous experience that allows for even the possibility of rebuilding.
When I think back on my life experiences and how I got "here" from "there", I'm always amazed. How much of what I've been able to endure, and how much of what I've been able to accomplish has been because someone believed in me? From my family, to teachers, to friends, to my romantic relationships, to co-workers...the list goes on and on. From the simple words casually said "you can do it" - to the unspoken lessons that reinforced to me my value as a person in others' eyes, my core personality has been bolstered, padded and fabric'd with my worth to others'. (Yes, I'm a sofa! LOL)
Which is not to say that I haven't had relationships or experiences that weren't devaluating...there were some of those too. For the most part I've tried to remove those sorts of influences from my life, but that's not necessarily a choice that everyone can facilitate. And I have to say that the overwhelmingly positive experiences where in the majority when it came to framing my interactions with the world at large.
It's truly heartbreaking when I think of all those people out there who have never been told and never been shown they have value. How much individual potential is wasted because there is no belief or trust shown?
Based on recent work experience, it can be a lot. Obviously details are not appropriate, but as I'm attempting to work within a team where there is little to no trust given or received, it's damaging to the end result and makes the journey to it a whole heck of a lot of not fun.
So maybe it's the hippie in me, or maybe it's just my inclusive nature, but shouldn't we all be cheering each other on?
By the way, my friends, I believe in all of you, and truly value your presence in my life. :)