March 2, 2018, Prescott-
Every year, from March 2-20, until I reach the age of 70, my practice is to refrain from food and drink, between sunrise and sunset. The purpose is both physical and mental cleansing, which is something that could benefit anyone. Of course, if I am traveling long distances, engaged in strenuous work or become ill, the Fast gets modified somewhat.
Each of these nineteen days will feature a post that deals with spiritual matters- attributes and such, that help us meet challenges.
The first of these is trustworthiness. I haven’t always been deserving of trust. Last night, I dreamed of someone whose trust I broke, a few years back. In the dream, my charge was to deliver some mail to this person’s office, whilst she was, ostensibly, not there. I had a key to the office, which was to be returned to a third party, after the delivery. When I made the delivery, I saw the top of the person’s head, over a divider. I silently handed her one of the parcels, and left the others on a table in the front of the office. No words or gestures were exchanged, and I went on my way, delivering the keys to the third party, as planned.
Quirks and perceived needs can, and do, impinge on trustworthiness; so do skewed perceptions. Divided loyalties can enter into the matter, as well. The fact is, however, that once trust is broken, it can seldom, if ever, be wholly restored. There are those who have broken my trust, and those, like the aforementioned, whose trust i have broken. With one forgiving exception, of them are in my life anymore.
Going forward, my choice is to pursue every single encounter with a person, or group, very carefully. Trust is like glass.