One of the most important quality in all aspects of life, relationships, work and, partnerships. It can be defined by certain individual as reliance on the integrity, ability, strength, and surety of a person or thing. But what does it really mean? Trust, in simple terms, is having faith and confidence in another person, despite the outcome.
One major characteristic that makes trust unique is how delicate trust can be.To gain the trust of anyone, one must continuously prove one’s reliability and honesty. To gain the complete trust of someone can take months even years but can be lost in a single second. A perfect example of the delicate nature of trust can be found in a relationship. Two people must constantly support and be honest with each other to gain real trust. However, a bond can be easily broken if one person is caught cheating with someone else. Trust in another person can make one feel secure and loved, while broken trust can lead to the feeling of anger, vulnerability and, defeat.
One very important question arises when it comes to trust: If one knows the outcome of something before it happens, is there any trust involved? For example, let’s say a longtime friend ask for a big loan to invest in a new business venture with the loan being return in full when the company has grown to its full potential. When considering the loan, one must consider all the other things you’ve loaned out and have they been returned. However, if giving the loan seems risky, and the only thing that can make one approve is the friend’s promise of success, which is when genuine trust can take place. The person that is doing the trusting should have faith in the other person making the promise, not in the event itself. Real trust is not tested in times of certainty but, genuine trust occurs when we are uncertain of the outcome.
Trust can be a found in simple things, like a dog relying on its owner to feed him, or it can be found in more complex things relationships such as two coworkers. Friendship are based on trust as well. Friends will not let other friends make bad decisions and will expect that others will do the same in return. Trust can be proven by doing the right thing even when no one asked. If other people know that one can manage to do the right thing, be responsible they will not falter in providing friendship and support.
Trust has always been a part of everyone’s life whether they are aware of it. From the time we are born, we know that our mother will care for us and show us love and affection. In our teenage years we hope that our friends and family alike will support our decisions and correct us if we are wrong. To our college years, we expect that our teachers will accurately grade everything we do. We even expect our spouse to support and love us throughout our adult years. We rely on others to take care of our every need when we are old.
Even on the day that we die, we know that our friends and family will be at our funeral to bid us farewell into the afterlife. We hope that there is a heaven and a hell, one of which will be our final destination. But throughout our lives, trust follows us everywhere we go and these trusting relationships that we develop will help lead and guide us. But when it all comes down to it, who can we trust?