The Good Old Oak

oak tree


“It was a mistake,” you said. But the cruel thing was, it felt like the mistake was mine, for trusting you.”
David LevithanThe Lover’s Dictionary

Trust is difficult for anyone to give. As this little quote shows, you feel responsible and foolish when you extend it to the wrong person. To a large effect, it is silly to place your trust in someone who would do you harm.

We find it hard to believe in concepts or ideas we do not understand. We doubt them and deride them.  Bad experiences prevent us from extending trust. We are afraid of getting our fingers burned and become cynical about the goodness around us. We develop a certain arrogance.

We must be like the good old oak tree, a symbol of trust. It gives shade to others, believing that they will not take advantage of it. Its leaves wrap and provide shelter, extending warmth and faith for years.

We show compassion when we extend our trust to others. It gives their self-esteem a good massage. It always helps others to know that we value their opinion. The feeling is a wonderful serotonin.

Trust is an underrated virtue indeed. I am thankful for the confidence put in me this week.

I am grateful that a client has trusted me to manage the content of all his web site.

It is comforting to know that your loved ones value


I am grateful that my husband and I trust each other to look after the needs of our home.

I am thankful for my twin nieces, who respect my words.

The world needs trust, and it is for sharing.

The old oak

The oak tree, its leaves unfurled,

Enwrapping you with wholesome warmth:

Trusts that  you will preserve its form

In return, its branches unfurled,

To protect you from pending storms

In its presence you can have faith

On you its form will never turn

Solid bark firm and never torn.


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