The importance of trust

Margo Groeneveld
15 Apr 2020

“He who doesn’t trust enough, will not be trusted” – Lao Tsu

The world has entered the biggest crisis it’s been through since the second world war. In just a couple of weeks time, maybe even shorter, COVID-19 has managed to quarantice a significant part of the world and slow down Western economies. And most of us seems to have one single goal: limiting the spread of the virus, prevent the overwhelm of healthcare systems and minimize economic damage.

In order to achieve that, hospitals have redesigned themselves beyond recognition and science is collaborating to support the treatment of Corona. It gets more complicated when the economic perspective is brought in. But in my optimistic view on the world, overall there is a sense that more collaboration is needed. And for that, we need trust.

Trust is complicated

Yet, trust is complicated. Its for the courageous ones. And for the ones willing to dive deep. Its hard won. It takes plenty of skills within yourself and in relationship with others. Compassionate truth included. Which I feel is different from just speaking your truth, as it requires that you speak it in a way others can relate to it.

When trust is present, it creates flow, connection, that magical surrender. The condition that allows to operate as a team. Where the sum of individuals becomes a bigger whole than each person on its own. However, artists spend a life time practicing it.

All too often, maybe not even knowingly, we wonder. When to trust. Who to trust. With what to trust. Why to trust. Because thats the world we live in right? I sometimes feel like that…. and it get’s in the way of collaborating and making the world a better place.

Trust yourself

So, at some point I figured I dont want to be asking these questions. And I decided to trust. Because that’s what my heart is telling me to do. And see what happens.