- feeling like I’m alone or abnormal
- being in the presence of others who are afraid
- noticing how blocked or stuck I feel but not knowing where to turn for help
- hovering around the websites of people who appear to “have it all together” in the ways I most wish that I did
Any of this sound familiar?
The goal of this site is to have the opposite effect of the list above, so in addition to trying to share honestly about my own humanity – my joys and struggles, hopes and fears – I want to find lots of ways to reassure all of us that
- we aren’t alone
- our uniquenesses aren’t reason for shame
- we’re far less “abnormal” than we think
- together, we can find the help that we need
- nobody “has it all together”
I can’t think of a better way to communicate such things than through interviews of people who in big and small ways are using their lives and work to tend trust. It’s one thing to find isolated instances of trust, but quite another to see those instances situated inside a massive crowd of people from across spectrums of age, race, income, education, and spiritual traditions, each tending trust in their own beautiful and beautifully imperfect ways.
I hope we’ll all be struck by the company we’re in, and by a growing trust that the insights each of us needs to move in the direction of the lives we most want are actually all around us.
The questions I ask in these interviews are intended to elicit glimpses into the “realness” of interviewees’ lives – to take down veils of “having it all together” – as well as to shed light on some of the ideas and practices that people have found helpful in their work of tending trust.
If you would like to be interviewed, or know of someone else who tends trust in some big or small way, please be in touch: kristin t noelle at gmail dot com.
Here’s to good company, and to the trust that such company makes possible!