It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

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Monday, April 07, 2014

Chapter 4, Page 7, Book 14

No one can make you jealous, angry, vengeful, or greedy -- unless you let him.

Napoleon Hill

Today’s Focus:  Give up jealousy----pray for trust.

Trust breeds security and security squelches jealousy.

Relationships are built on trust.  Trust is a belief that someone or something is reliable, good, and honest.  When we trust someone, we can rely on them.  Trust has to be earned.  Trusting one is often a matter of faith.

I don’t think it is possible for anyone to have a good relationship with someone they don’t trust.  It is critical to have effective, open, and honest communication.  Honesty goes hand in hand with trust because it's tough to trust someone when one of you isn't being honest.

People seem to think that a little white lie is a harmless thing.  I tend to disagree.  Honesty is the basic ingredient in any relationship.  It fosters trust, which in turn brings about respect, love and loyalty.  Without trust, there is nothing, and without honesty there can be no trust.

What a grand thing to be loved!
What a grander thing still, to love!

Victor Hugo

Here is some good advice I found that will help to build trust in all your relationships:

Always honor your commitments, small and big.

 Avoid negative gossip. Praise your partner, friends and colleagues to other people.

Reciprocate. It’s easy to take others for granted, but don’t! Always give back in spades.

Be the first to admit mistakes and offer apologies when appropriate.

We can strengthen or weaken someone's trust in us by what we say and do.

Never allow anyone to rain on your parade and thus cast a pall of gloom and defeat on the entire day. Remember that no talent, no self-denial, no brains, no character, are required to set up in the fault-finding business. Nothing external can have any power over you unless you permit it. Your time is too precious to be sacrificed in wasted days combating the menial forces of hate, jealously, and envy. Guard your fragile life carefully. Only God can shape a flower, but any foolish child can pull it to pieces. 

Og Mandino



Like this post. Life is fragile, for sure. We must guard our well being carefully and not let anyone take away our sunshine.

Chatty Crone said...

It is hard Pam, when you live among negative people to continue to be positive - it is a job!

betty said...

I do agree that trust has to be earned. I do also agree about white lies not being harmless. I think white lies can lead to a pattern of "bigger" lies. Telling the truth or not saying anything are the best policies I do believe.


jack69 said...

The easy road for humans is being jealous of what others have, instead of satisfied with what we have and trust that things will work together for good.

Good stuff....

JeanJournal said...

THERE IS NOTHING BETTER THAN A SATISFIED MIND~~and the feeling of contentment as we go through the day~~I AM ALIVE! and feel 'young' and wonder sometimes~~why God is so good to me~~and seems like I hear Him say~~((((((( I just love your always (doing the best you can and not giving up on ANYBODY )))))))~~~~~~~JeanJournal