T – Truthful
T- Take For Granted
This has been a week where I have been put in the position of feet to the flames in regards to trust. I have been in a situation where I have had to CHOOSE to believe or not. A test for my soul, my heart, and my head.
You would think that trusting would be easy. After all, we enter this world as trusting human beings and if we are lucky we maintain that trust in ourselves and humanity at least until we get into school and we find out what “mean girls” are. But then, as we age, life begins to teach us that trust is not as easy or forthright as we once imagined it to be. It no longer is blind or innocent and often for many of us it becomes something that has to be earned rather than something that is freely given.
This week as I contemplated the issue of trust I decided I needed to understand just what that word meant to me. I discovered there were some essential ingredients that I feel must be evident if trust is to be maintained. These are:
Truth- For me trusting means that your words and actions must be truthful. NO games, no secrecy, and no purposeful omissions. I want to know that what you say and do is based in truth.
Reliable- I must know that I can count on your words and actions to mean what you say they will mean and that those words will be acted upon and be done.
Uphold-In the old English sense of the word it means to maintain in good condition;to take care of. It means that you will be constantly doing things to take care of our marriage. To me this fundamental if a relationship is to grow and thrive.
Steadfast- Unwavering in purpose, faith and attachment. Firmly fixed in place or position. You are not going anywhere.
Take for Granted- To accept without question and being able to believe what is said or done is true.
I suspect there is a whole lot more to trust than the things I have written and I know that trust is not just a one way street. Trust also involves making yourself vulnerable by believing in your partner when circumstances appear that it would be in your best interest to protect yourself. It means opening up your own heart, taking off the armor, and allowing possibilities to drift into your life when it makes you uncomfortable. It means looking for the best in the person or situation rather than the worst.
In theory, I believe that trusting with all your heart and soul is the best thing you can do for yourself and your relationships. I would rather have my heart broken than to never have tried to trust. But in practice, trust takes two, and you have to know that your partner is trustworthy in all realms of your relationship in order for it to survive.