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Trust: Getting More Done with Less Effort.

Jill L. Cooper

Jill L. Cooper is a poet and writer. Her writing has appeared in print literary journals, The Raven ChroniclesThe Floating Bridge ReviewShark Reef Literary Magazine, as well as online magazines, Rewire MeThe Rebelle Society, HIV Here & Now, and others. Cooper’s poetry has been anthologized in Silent Applause of Butterflies (Columbia Center for the Arts, 2014), Pontoon (Floating Bridge, 2015), Delirious—A Tribute to Prince (Night Ballet Press, 2016), and in I Only Wanted to See You Laughing (Yellow Chair Review, 2016), and others. She was the creator and editor of The Yes Book (Exult Road, 2014). Cooper has served as the Executive Director of a Buddhist publishing house, and as a consultant to publishers, and as an author coach. She is currently working on a book-length collection of prose poetry, and on a collection of lyrical essays. Cooper lives in the beautiful Palouse region of Washington state. In all her work, she intends to affirm and celebrate existence. To contact her, write to jillcooper11 at gmail dot com. 

Trust: Getting More Done with Less Effort.

Jill Cooper

Photo credit: Todd Field©

Photo credit: Todd Field©

The Tao does nothing, yet leaves nothing undone.
— Tao Te Ching

The effortlessness of Yes starts with a sigh of surrender, and ends with a leap of excitement. With Yes, less effort equals more accomplished. It involves trust.


Everything you do involves trust in something. You begin trusting the day with your life each morning. You may trust that things will go wrong, or you may trust that everything is always working out for you. You will be right, either way.


You may trust that there is perceived danger and loss around each corner for you, for your family, or your world. Or, you may trust that each is born fragile, but safe in the opportunity to reconnect with the sustenance of the Source from which you come, worthy and free. 


No matter the childhood story, past lives, or belief structure, you have a new chance, moment by moment to unclench your fists, take a deep breath, and put everything on the “Universe’s To-do List.”


Start with exhaling Yes…and inhaling Thank you. 


Trusting in yourself, in your Source, and in your world is a powerful way of saying Yes to your delightfully messy, expanding, potentially rapturous life. Actions flow easily from a place of trust, with little effort required.

You are not expected to do more than can be done in a day, yet with a deep and sweet Yes to life, with trust, you will be delighted with what somehow seems magically to get accomplished, and with energy to spare. Time is your gift; it's flexibility and limitations, more gifts. Trust that, and feel immediate relief. 


Cultivating trust in what you want to trust, in what will serve you and others reaps boundless rewards - like realizing a new consciousness, feeling safe in the world, liberating yourself more and more of unhealthy fretting, and of clearing the mist from the eye of the benevolent "witness" in the You who watches your own life blossom in love, rather than being snagged by your story, or torn around by events, or enslaved by what others do and say.


Trust, rather than effort rewards you with unfathomable peace, and surprising ease of accomplishment. It also gives you the relief to know when it matters. Times of low productivity and rest are as necessary and rich as the exciting times of busy-ness and creating. You can say Yes to all of it. Trust in that which brings you joy. 


Trust “leaves nothing undone.”


With love, 

Jill Cooper

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