Virtue–Trust

Trust…a rare commodity at times.
How many people in your life do
you trust? More important, how
trust worthy are you?

I recently said to a friend, “I
have not forgotten what I promised
to do for you.” She replied, “I never
even gave it a thought. Your word is
gold.” I’ve thought a lot about this.
Is my word always “gold?”

Trust, when broken is very difficult
to mend. I say, I do. It seems like
a simple concept–I gave my word. Is
trust “old fashioned?” Out of style?
No! No! and No!! Our integrity should
not be compromised. For a world where
people can not trust one another is a
sad and dangerous place to be.

Trust starts with ourselves. Do we
honor our promises to ourselves? To be
truly trust worthy, we must be consistent.
One can not be a little trust worthy. You
either are, or you are not! Can you be
trusted? Can I?

7 comments

  1. Dear Pat, it’s a pleasure to receive your posts each day. Each one is a gem. Thank you especially for these thoughts on being trust worthy. “Trustworthiness is the greatest portal leading unto the tranquillity and security of the people. In truth the stability of every affair hath depended and doth depend upon it. All the domains of power, of grandeur and of wealth are illumined by its light.” ~ Baha’u’llah.

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  2. Trust, once broken is like a glass – you might put it back together, but it will never be the same again. I always try to never make promises I cannot keep – but trust is not all about promises, it is about being authentic and being a person that is worthy of trust. If a person gossips a lot, then I would not put much trust in him or her – no matter how good he or she is at keeping promises.

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    • Interesting point about gossip and right on target. I also find that I most often break my trust to myself rather than other people. sigh….no wings yet. hugs, pat

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  3. Excellant post. I like what you wrote…it strikes trust at the core and seeks self examination and thinking about how this is true or not true in others. It doesn’t seem to me that many people will have people say “your word is gold”…congratulations.
    I can remember being asked to teach a group of co-workers to think kindly about each other…
    and it was a very difficult situation…one person absolutely refused to think one little thing nice about a genuinely nice and kind co-worker. My question now is, can trust be taught to older children and adults ?
    Thanks for the wonderful words to ponder.
    Peace,
    Siggi in Downeast Maine

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    • How can one teach trust? Good question. I remember the lesson I learned from my mother. She gave my sister and me a curfew and told us, “I will not stay up and watch to see that you keep this curfew for I trust you. Please do not ever break my trust in you.” It had a huge impact on me for how could I knowingly break my mother’s trust after that? She died many years ago but I still use her comment as a yardstick of trust. Perhaps the best way to teach trust is to model it. hugs, pat

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