The Amazing Thing About Trust

Posted by Van Purser on Thursday, May 31st, 2018 at 1:48pm.

On a Friday in February of 2016 my brother Roger, realizing that his declining health prevented him from continuing to care for his dog Polly, he entrusted her to me for her care.  The bestowing of his most loved and cherished possession in this world was not easy for him, nor was it easy for me. For it reflected the release of that which was his greatest treasure, which reflected his acceptance that he was no longer able to be her master, providing the love, care, and affection that she was accustomed to.  Likewise accepting the new role of master for Polly brought me face to face with the imminent loss of my brother and the significance of that which he had entrusted to me.                                                                                                                          

One week later Roger passed away. 

At 7:30 this Sunday morning I took Polly for a walk at Big Creek Park.  We did a 45-minute scamper through the woods, which is reflective of the time that Roger walked her.  Once unloading her from the truck and heading to the trails she darted off exploring the new environment.  This meant that she was either sprinting ahead of me or lingering behind taking in the new scents.  Each time I would have to summon her to return to me, and each time she returned.  As our time on the trail neared an end rather than taking off or falling behind, she walked alongside me.  She now knows she has a new master.

Thus the trust that was appropriated to me by Roger is now being experienced by Polly.  For me, I am reminded that trust is something that is appropriated to us by another and not assigned to ourselves by ourselves. And that which is entrusted to another shall begin to know why they were entrusted to that person, and shall embrace them as trustworthy.


Van Purser and his wife Jeanne are a licensed Real Estate Brokers in Georgia.  Since1984 they successfully purchased and renovated over 400 homes.  Their expertise is in representing Buyers or Sellers as an advocate; which means always ensuring their best interest.  Additionally, they represented hundreds of clients over the years as an Associate Broker with Metro Brokers, RE/Max and now with his own firm.  He and his wife, Jeanne, have been married since 1977.   Van or Jeanne can be reached at 770-623-3313, or by email at or

2 Responses to "The Amazing Thing About Trust"

Pam Roof wrote: Thanks for that inspiring word Van!

Posted on Monday, June 4th, 2018 at 4:38pm.

Chad wrote: Van, thanks for sharing. Roger selected well.

Posted on Wednesday, June 13th, 2018 at 9:18pm.

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