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The moment you think you understand a great work of art, it's dead for you.
-- Oscar Wilde


Friday, June 21, 2024


The ability to trust adds great value to your life on many different levels. Yet blind trust is worse than no trust at all.

For trust to work, it has to pass through the challenge of skepticism. Skepticism is not antagonism, but rather an invitation and a pathway to trust.

When someone is skeptical of you and your intentions, be thankful. They’re offering you an opportunity to prove yourself.

When you’re skeptical of someone you know very little about, that’s just being realistic. There’s no need or place for rudeness from either party.

If another person does not welcome your skepticism, politely thank that person and go elsewhere. In such a situation trust has no chance, and you’re wasting your time.

Embrace skepticism toward yourself and from yourself, then follow through with what it demands. You’ll be setting the stage for real, informed, enduring trust.

— Ralph Marston

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