Most of us do not even think about trust… we just think it’s normal.
Babies learn to trust their parents to feed them, change their diapers and to answer their cries to comfort them when scared. Babies learn to have confidence in adults. Years ago there was a philosophy that it was good to let a baby cry for a period of 20 minutes prior to comforting them. I can remember seeing babies in a hospital where the parents were not allowed to comfort their children and after a few days of not being comforted the babies would stop crying and just whimper.
This would frequently happen in orphanages. The babies learned quickly not to have trust in the adult.
As adults we practice trust at all times (hopefully).
We trust other people — pilots, doctors, pharmacists, car mechanics, manufactures of products that we use everyday. We trust our families, neighbors and even politicians.
- Do you ever wonder if the chair you’re about to sit on will not break?
- How about the car you are driving over the bridge?
- The food that we buy at the local store is safe to eat, right?
Our lives would not be normal if we didn’t have trust.
Trust! We know when we have it and when we don’t have it.
Trust forms the foundation of relationships between people, families and co-workers. Without it we do not feel comfortable and subconsciously pull away. But are we trustworthy? Are we honest with others in small and large matters?
The year is about to end soon. This may be the last time you can go out of your way to be honest to yourself and others. To be an honest person should be simple but it is a challenge to be truly honest with yourself and others. Perhaps this should be your 2018 goal.
Thomas Carlyle said, “Make yourself an honest man, and then you may be sure there is one less rascal in the world.”
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Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukaka