A matter of trust

Trust seems to be one of my biggest issues. In the recent past it was an issue that I was afraid to tackle. I did the whole therapy thing. But I too afraid to really open up. Granted, I only saw my therapist for a couple of months. And that really isn’t very long to build up trust. But I never really let the walls come down.

My biggest issues really surround men. I have a hard time trusting women, but it’s somewhat easier for me to interact with them. I tend to shy away from men, even if it’s just friendship. I’ve been working on this over the last six months or so. Not regularly of course. And not in a face to face relationship.

It’s gotten somewhat easier as time has gone by. I still get nervous when talking to these couple of guys. But I don’t let it show anymore. And I’m able to tell myself that what I’m feeling is valid. I don’t automatically beat myself up for those feelings anymore.

In the last few weeks, I’ve taken another step forward in conquering one of my more irrational fears. I’ve briefly written about installing Ubuntu Linux on my fairly new, very shiny laptop. In some ways, it’s completely different from Windows. In other ways, I sometimes forget I’m not in Windows. One thing that Linux tends to require is some work on the command line. One of my most unfounded and irrational fears is that when I’m typing in commands, if I misspell one word or put a space in the wrong place, my entire computer will turn into a black hole and destroy a large chunk of the city. Now, of course, this has never happened. And it’s extremely unlikely that the computer would actually turn into a black hole.

I’ve been doing more and more through the command line. And it gets easier every time. I realized the other day when I went to create another playlist for mplayer that I didn’t even blink. I just changed to the correct directory, typed ls *.m4a > playlist and then hit enter. I didn’t even think about it. I’ve also found myself trying things before I ask about them or trying the things that Eric talks about in his emails.

I also mentioned the help that Eric has given me through out this entire project. I kind of surprised myself in that I didn’t run away or push him away. I’m famous for doing both. Not only have I been working on my command line fears, I’m working on my trust issues. I know two things logically. One is that Eric is thousands of miles away from me. The other is that he isn’t the kind of person who would be mean or cruel or hurtful. When dealing with the intense fear, logical thinking doesn’t always help. But when I started getting scared, I tried to be logical about things. And it did help.

One of the fears I had when I started working under Eric’s guidance was that he would tell me that I am stupid. I heard myself described as stupid so many times growing up that I came to believe it. I still find myself falling into the trap of calling myself stupid when I’m working in Linux. But as Eric pointed out to me, what I really am is inexperienced. And now I see that there is a world of difference between being stupid and being inexperienced.

It’s somewhat amazing how attempting to conquer a seemingly unrelated fear led to confronting on of my most deeply engrained and intense fears. I never dreamed that I would have made the personal progress I’ve made just by loading up a new operating system onto my computer.

11 thoughts on “A matter of trust

  1. There is an amazing rhythm to your words, a slow but stead cadence. Thanks for sharing your patient will to move forward.

    I’m glad I stumbled on your blog.

  2. borderlinecrazy says:

    I’m glad you got through your “rough patch.” The Ubuntu cure is a new one on me, but I’ve got a shiny Ubuntu CD on a shelf in my office; maybe it’s worth a try. ;)

  3. kprsjohn says:

    never look a gift horse in the mouth! who knows why and how some things work? just be glad it worked and put it in that little cubbyhole for such things and keep on keeping on!

    peace and blessings


  4. Carrie…

    Thank you for stopping by and thank you for your kind words. It is very much a plodding rhythm. But always trying to move forward.


    I used to try to live by the motto, “It’s not for me to question.” but my curiosity always gets the better of me.

    It was definitely an unconvential way to go about the trust issue, but it’s working. And for that, I’m thankful.

  5. the most simple mistakes were made to seem like huge acts of stupidity on our part. I hated that.

    I worry now too that I’m stupid and I have to either hide that I’m stupid or prove that I’m not. It’s like being a gerbil on a wheel. I go around and around and don’t get anywhere UNTIL I get off the wheel like you did here.

    I like unconventional lessons because those are the ones that seem to stick. Plus, the way you were able to learn it was with something that will come up regularly, your work with Lunix. Chances are you’ll get positive reinforcement of this life lesson regularly.


  6. Getting off the wheel…

    It’s a huge relief. Having concrete proof that I’m not stupid. That helps.

    I find myself looking forward to coming home and rebooting my computer to get into Linux so I can try out the latest thing Eric is trying to get into my head.

    It’s an adventure for sure.

  7. Wow I like your quote: I’m not stupid, I’m inexperienced! It says so much. You must be so proud of yourself for all the progress you are making. Hugs, Nadine

  8. Nadine.

    I don’t know if I feel proud or not. I’m not sure what proud feels like.

    I felt very inexperienced (not dumb as I want to say) yesterday though as I was working through some documentation and commenting on it.

  9. There have been times in my own life when I have been unable to confront and deal with situations that are painful. Amazingly that is when God has provided me with a greater understanding of myself and the situation through simple and less painful issues. Just as you stated, it is in those times when I am then able to apply the lesson learned in the simple things to help me resolve the more complex. Never question the rationale, just use every opportunity to heal.

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