Perceptions can be wrong, dangerous and life denying. They often come from our deep past, making trust of others difficult. Or if trust broken after a new beginning, the over-reaction can often be directed at everyone and leading to closing oneself off even more.
It takes courage and trust -- choices that are painful and difficult -- to open up again and move forward in life. To live fully has a price; so does being overprotective of ones self and living in isolation. Pain is an important part of life, though one that most of us (me mostly) would like otherwise.
To become more human, life has to be embraced and to just take the next step forward may be all we can do: it is enough. Life can be lived deeply, though it may never be fully understood. Faith can be a difficult path to traverse for the mystery only deepens the further we go and learn to trust. What prevents you from trusting others? What prevents you from trusting God? How can you exercise courage today to step out of isolation and into relationship with others, even if that means trusting people who are imperfect and may hurt you?