My Word is “Trust”…What’s Yours?

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TrustWhat is your WORD for 2013?  I came across this concept recently and thought it was a fantastic idea.  I was racking my brain to come up with a word that felt right for me for 2013 but I couldn’t at the time so I left it.  Then out of the blue one day I was looking at a picture with the word “Faith” in it..I thought to myself “that’s close to what I’m looking for” and then WHAM!  TRUST popped into my head – that was it – that’s my word for 2013.

Following on from my other post (Chinese New Year – Dragons and Snakes), where I talk about shedding my skin and going for it, TRUST is a huge part of that and something I’ve struggled with for a number of years.  I’m usually trying to swim upstream MAKING things happen instead of letting go and seeing where it takes me.

In the past, people have said to me “oh you’re so brave”, but my internal reality is very different believe me.  To be honest I’m crapping myself most of the time!

I read an interview with Susan Sarandon recently in Spirituality & Health.  This is what she had to say:

“Even though a lot of the people I’ve had the privilege to portray in films seem like they’re very heroic, when I’m playing them they don’t feel at all strong.  They feel like women on the precipice who have to make some kind of move forward, and they do, but not because they go into a situation to be heroic.

That’s kind of the way my life is.  I don’t see myself as a courageous person; I find myself in situations where I feel like I have no alternative.” – Susan Sarandon

And that’s where I find myself yet again – in a situation where I feel like I have no alternative.  I’m going to trust in the bigger plan and go where my heart wants me to go.

“Open your heart wider.  Allow grace to flow through you and out into service.  You were not put here to be cowed by circumstance.  Choose the path of harmony and integrity and walk forward with your head held high”. – Cash Peters.

I was surprised recently to read a couple of posts from two women who have huge followers of their blogs (like thousands of people).  Looking from the outside these women seem to ‘have it all’ and I aspire to have their success at some stage in the future.  But the thing is, both of them posted how right at this time they are struggling with their own personal demons and day to day stresses:

Susannah Conway

Lori Deschene

Just because someone ‘looks’ successful and happy and courageous to us, doesn’t mean that they are actually feeling that way themselves.  And we all do it, we all feel it, we are all the same.


The eagle gently coaxed her offspring toward the edge of the nest. Her heart quivered with conflicting emotions as she felt their resistance to her persistent nudging. “Why does the thrill of soaring have to begin with the fear of falling?” she thought. This ageless question was still unanswered for her.

As in the tradition of her species, her nest was located high on the shelf of a sheer rock face. Below there was nothing but air to support the wings of each child. “Is it possible that this time it will not work?” she thought. Despite her fears, the eagle knew it was time. Her parental mission was all but complete. There remained one final task—the push.

The eagle drew courage from an innate wisdom. Until her children discovered their wings, there was no purpose for their lives. Until they learned how to soar, they would fail to understand the privilege it was to have been born an eagle. The push was the greatest gift she had to offer. It was her supreme act of love. And so one by one she pushed them—and they flew.

So 2013 – time to let go, TRUST and fly – let the fun begin…

What’s YOUR word for 2013…I’d love to know…

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  1. Hi Paula – my word is also “trust” and I smiled when I read your post. Susan Sarandon summarises it perfectly about feeling that you have no option. I suppose in part, it’s the stories we live with (single mom / limited finances) etc – but they do feel real and send our dear Lizard brains into overdrive.
    This year I want to feel more than think – and trusting is a huge part of that. Trust myself, trust the process, trust it will be ok
    Hugs to you! x

    • Hi Zivana, that’s so cool that we both have the same word! You’ve hit the nail on the head – feeling more than thinking – I’m with you on that one! I too live too much in my head most of the time but I do notice when something ‘feels’ right for me and then do my best to go with it. It’s usually when I ignore those feelings or do the opposite that I get into trouble – lessons there! Hugs back xx

  2. “Until they learned how to soar, they would fail to understand the privilege it was to have been born an eagle”
    Paula, I love this sentence. Resonates with me for sure. My word this year is “SOAR”

    Quite fitting I hope!

    x Joelene

    • Hi Joelene, I love your word for 2013 and I know you’re well on your way to doing just that! And yes, we forget how privileged we are in the Western world at the freedoms we have – particularly freedom of choice – to go where we want, do what we want, be who we want…easily taken for granted. Spread those wings girl and SOAR!!xx

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