Writer’s Quote Wednesday Trust

Trust me.  Do you believe that when you hear it, or do you, like so many others, raise an eyebrow and suck in a bit of wind before responding? Why is it so difficult to simply relax and let go? Of course that feeling of not being in control might have a little something to do with it…  Trust me.

Years ago I taught workshops with a gal named, Debi. She and I were hosting a class on relaxation. After our introduction, she asked for a volunteer and a young woman raised her hand enthusiastically. Since I knew what was coming, I simply kept quiet as I positioned her face to face with Debi. The woman was told to turn around and face the rest of the room, take a step backwards, so that she was nearly standing on Debi’s feet and close her eyes. She did this with ease. Then she was told to take three deep breaths and fall straight back onto Debi.  Her eyes flew open and she began to stammer that she couldn’t possibly do that. Debi place her hands on the woman’s shoulders and reminded her that she was right there, holding onto her and was not going to let go, but in order to experience being totally relaxed, she needed to trust, and allow herself to fall backwards.

I will tell you that not one of the people in the room and there were ten others there, could do it either. One fella let the top half of himself start but as he felt himself tipping, he caught himself and stopped. Now, the point of the class wasn’t to make every one fall backwards but in doing so, it would have shown them that they were in deed capable of trusting implicitly.

Me? Uh, no way.  Not that I didn’t trust Debi, I simply could not relax and let go.  I know that trust has a lot to do with relaxing and letting go and depending on the situation we actually can let the concern fall away and go with the flow.

If anyone tries that exercise in trust, let me know how it turns out.


I could

Really let go

I might learn something

About how to trust another

Each day I say

Just try harder

Trust yourself


Annette Rochelle Aben 2016





13 responses to “Writer’s Quote Wednesday Trust

  1. Silver Threading

    We did that exercise in basic training. We HAD to do it. It was the hardest thing I ever did but I did do it. It gave me a different perspective on my fellow man/woman. Trust can be a hard thing to deal with. Well done though, and I love your quotes. 😉 ❤

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    • Annette Rochelle Aben

      Whoa, I am completely impressed as I was NOT convinced that I could even if I were hypnotized. Both Debi and I went through hypnosis training and we actually discussed trying that… I am glad that you liked the quotes, I had fun, thanks! ❤

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      • Silver Threading

        Basic training was all about learning to trust your buddy. Of course we were never in combat but you had to take care of the people you served with. I was 18 at the time and didn’t trust anyone. It was really hard! Glad you had a good write! ❤

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  2. I wonder how many people would have comfortably fallen forward into Debi’s arms???

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    • Annette Rochelle Aben

      If forward had been an option, I would have been interested in seeing that too. Sometimes I believe we are convinced that if we can see it, we can trust it… not always the case, eh?

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  3. Great post. Nice job.

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  4. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    Do you trust anyone enough to close your eyes and fall back into their arms.. Let me see.. perhaps if Tom Selleck was to step up and make the offer!! Go over and tell Annette Rochelle Aben what you think.

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  5. I remember as a child watching my younger brothers doing that very thing. Even then, I would not have done it. But back then, there was the added worry that my brothers would trick me,
    A very interesting post, especially that no one would could do it.

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