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To Trust or Not to Trust?

I took my kids out shopping one evening at around 7:30pm. As we got near the entrance to the store, a teenage boy with a backpack and a skateboard spoke to me.

He said, “Hey, do you have a phone I can borrow real quick to call my mom to come pick me up?”

Immediately the voices of fear and logic said, “He’s going to steal your phone. Look at him. His pants are sagging, he’s got a skateboard so why does he need a ride home? And remember the news story you heard the other day about people stealing cell phones? Why risk it? Let him find someone else.”

At the same time, the voice of intuition said, “You can trust him. He’s telling the truth. He won’t steal from you.”

It’s a hard line to walk. You want to be kind, caring and compassionate, while at the same time you don’t want to be gullible, victimized or robbed.

If he was telling me the truth, then absolutely I’d let him borrow my phone. If he was lying to me, I would have no way of stopping him from getting away. My kids looked at me, waiting to see what I would do.

This is what I said, “Are you going to steal my phone?” I asked him that because his response would tell me everything I needed to know, and I could tune in to his voice intuitively and know whether he was lying or not.

He said, “No, I promise I don’t want to steal your phone. I just am too tired to ride home and I need my mom to come get me. Here, if you want, you can hang on to my ID and credit card.”

He pulled them out of his pocket and handed them to me. I looked at them and they seemed legitimate. More importantly, I sensed his sincerity.

I handed him my phone. Although I trusted him, I did have a moment where I worried about all the private information he’d have access to if he did indeed steal my phone. But I went with my intuition.

He called a number and someone answered. He said, “Hi Mom, I returned your scarf and got a gift card. Can you please come pick me up? I’m borrowing this nice lady’s phone and I don’t want to hold her up, but I could really use a ride home.” She apparently said “yes” and he said goodbye to her and handed me the phone. I gave him back his ID and credit card.

He thanked me and that was it. No robbery. No ill intent. As near as I could tell, he was a tired kid who wanted a ride home.

Very often in life we are faced with decisions like these. To trust or not to trust. To put ourselves in harm’s way or to play it safe.

I can tell you that I am really grateful for my intuition and my ability to discern the voice of intuition from my ego, logic and fear. It isn’t always easy to follow your intuition when the negative outcome could be really bad, but it’s important to practice so you learn the difference.

The next time you’re faced with a decision like this, try to discern the various voices in your head and ask yourself “Is this my intuition or my ego?”

If you need some assistance knowing the difference, read this article: How to Tell the Difference Between Your Ego, Logic, Spirit Guides, and Intuition

Have you been faced with a similar situation? What did you do? Which voice did you listen to, and what was the outcome? Share on my Facebook wall.

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