Today is my birthday, and, as I contemplated what I wanted to share, I decided to write very briefly about the perspective I try to cultivate to direct how I interact with other people.
I try to give people the benefit of the doubt and trust them until
they show me they are not trustworthy – and I’m not sure whether that
primarily is because of my religion or simply my personality, inherited
particularly from my mother (who is schizophrenic and, along with
medication, needs peace and a lack of stress in her life to function
properly). She was trusting and non-judgmental out of physiological
necessity, and that probably rubbed off on me to some degree.
I have come to believe that a generally trusting nature is more
healthy than a suspicious, cynical nature – even with the dangers of
being too trusting. It’s finding the proper balance of idealistic
realism or realistic idealism that is my focus – and that is not an easy
journey. It takes conscious effort to avoid being too much of many
things, since it’s so easy to gravitate to an extreme.
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