Trust & Risk Taking

Today I was really engaged in the celebrations of the feast of the St Ignatius of Loyola and I would reflect on the aspect of trust and how it involves accommodating risks in to the whole pictures. Surely risk taking is a very powerful tool for the new innovations happening in science and elsewhere. Companies seek for managers who could think differently and are ready to take risks which is beneficial in the long run for them.

trust_fall.gifToday’s sermon for the feast day mass had an interesting imagination. A party was given in heaven to welcome back Jesus into the heaven after his ascension. He was back after 33 years. Then an angel complimented Jesus for the successful completion of his mission, but asked what was his back up plan. Jesus said that he trusted the 11 disciples and others to carry out his mission. He actually took a big risk, a big risk for a big mission.

Ignatius too was the follower of a God who took great risks. He trusted a God who trusted first. He was a man of discernment. Discernment is not a method of giving a solution where the success is assured, but an opportunity to trust the God who trusts, an opportunity to risk along with a risking God. Thus for Ignatius trusting God and taking risks for that God was paramount.

We have heard of so many stories whereas trust of a parent/teacher/friend has helped someone, especially trust in a moment of crisis. They had the guts to trust despite the tremendous risks involved. I am not speaking of blindly trusting everything, but a trust which is beyond the common sense logic. Such a trust helps us to build others, and ourselves. This trust is making yourself vulnerable. (It may look a foolish business strategy, but life is not a business empire to be run for profits).

Our nations should be ready to trust the farmers along with industrialists.

Our religions should trust the spiritual wisdom of commoners.

Our schools should trust the learning ability of failing students.

Traditional wisdom, unconventional wisdom could be trusted along with science

People should trust that peace is possible

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