The Dad Connection: An Excerpt on Trust

20 Oct

In preparation for the publishing of my book in the upcoming month, I will be posting weekly short excerpts. I hope you enjoy this sneak peek- and if you’re interested in pre-ordering, sign up to receive our emails at the top of this page, right side. Many thanks to all you great supporters out there.

Trust needs a place to live in each of us so that we can access it at will, as though it were a quantifiable entity like strength or leverage. Like a muscle the more we practice it, the stronger it becomes and the more readily available it is to us. This is a simple, conscious exercise almost anybody can do. It comes a bit more naturally with our children but for many adult relationships it is difficult.

For example, most of us, when meeting a cute puppy on the sidewalk, we automatically open to a place inside us that house our emotions of love and caring. Upon seeing the puppy, we immediately access that rich yet simple energy and express it by petting the puppy and uttering affectionate words.

Although it seems like the puppy elicits this caring behavior, in truth this love and affectionate care are sitting inside us—we just need a good reason to release them. If a puppy is good enough, isn’t a meaningful relationship with our kids? I believe we can literally go to that place inside of us and draw it out, just like we can go to a closet and get out a shirt.

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