That might seem like a funny title to talk about trust and testimonials, but it’s totally true.
A few years ago I read “It’s time to use toner.” Even though I’ve probably read that elsewhere plenty of times and the dauntingly large beauty aisles at the drugstore would lead me to believe I need all the products- I just never did. But that particular post came from someone I trust. So this last year, I finally did.
And ho-leee cow. That trust was well placed. Adding toner has changed my life- the pores on my face visibly shrunk after using it (almost) daily for a week. A week! Never mind the bottle sat in my bathroom cupboard for almost a year until I finally got to it. But, but, but- I did. I stared at it long enough and remembered what the trusted person had said about it. Her words finally propelled me to crack open the bottle. Bless them.
Ditto that with recommendations and blessings for friends and such people I like, follow, and trust for new music, glass water bottles, electric throw blankets, menstrual cups, and Straus Creamery ice cream (the mint chocolate is a revelation- even if you’ve been bored with the flavor for 2 decades). Things that seemed weird, unnecessary, or goofy (or I was just feel swamped by options) were opened to me because someone I trusted pointed me to them.
Thinking about how it works took me back to Malcolm Gladwell’s The Tipping Point.
“When people are overwhelmed with information and develop immunity to traditional forms of communication, they turn instead for advice and information to the people in their lives whom they respect, admire, and trust. The cure for immunity is finding“When people are overwhelmed with information and develop immunity to traditional forms of communication, they turn instead for advice and information to the people in their lives whom they respect, admire, and trust. The cure for immunity is finding Mavens, Connectors, and Salesmen.”
Mavens, Connectors, and Salesmen are all personality types identified in the book- but I’ll simplify and say they’re people with advice you can trust.
(Side note- I self-identified as a maven [folks who love to seek out and share knowledge to help others- the person who always has a restaurant recommendation since they keep a mental index of information] when I read it years ago- any other mavens in the audience?)
New ideas included.
I would have never started running barefoot, meditation, or even wearing pants to church (which are the best for teaching junior primary and nursery and cold Januarys so HURRAY for that win for that option for sister missionaries 6/7 days a week) if someone I love and trust hadn’t planted a possibility in my brain.
So, collective wisdom (as I’d like to call all of you) share some of your grassroots ideas below. I’d love to know what’s been your rose witch hazel toner- or at least something worth sharing.
I promise to trust your advice and try out a few and see what sticks.