What loneliness is more lonely than distrust? —George Eliot—
Becoming fully trustworthy individuals, living up to our own ideals, makes easier the decision to trust others. And when there is trust, intimacy is possible. With intimacy comes self-love, and finally joy. Isolation from others is a choice, one that breeds new levels of insecurity. Familiarity with isolation hinders our movement towards others, a movement that offers the risk of self- disclosure. And it’s this risk that nurtures the friendships that comfort us. Self-acceptance and self-disclosure are inter-twined. Our rough edges are softened and easier to love after we’ve owned up them, held them up for inspection, and patted them before tucking them away. Today offers new hope to the hopeful. Being rid of the burden of distrust will lighten my day.