Trust is the glue of life. It is the most essential ingredient in effective communication. It is the foundational principle that holds all relationships.
Trust is commonly associated with romantic relationships. Though this is one type of relationship where trust is essential to the success of the relationship, it is not the only kind. Trust must exist between family, coworkers, friends, and God. Trust is a feature that is very hard to build up and very easy to destroy.
In romantic relationships, trust is vital. Allowing yourself to open up to another person, and having it reciprocated, will build a strong foundation for the relationship. Trusting that your partner, your spouse, your other half, will be there through difficult situations, listen to your needs, and provide you with honest, loving feedback, makes the perfect partnership. Sometimes people stray away and cheat. For whatever reason they felt unloved, cheated, and tarnished the relationship forever. Trust is stripped away and may never come back. Some couples are able to see past infidelity and work to repair their relationship. Others call it quits. Either way, trust has to be found again. The person who cheated has to relearn to trust their feelings and themselves. The person who was cheated on has to trust the one they love again (in order for the relationship to work). Likewise, if they decide to break up, that person has to learn to trust that others will not follow a similar path. Trust in a romantic relationship, in a marriage, allows a connection to be made with someone that is unique to all relationships; a connection that devotes your heart to another. Trust must be sheltered and protected in order for the relationship to thrive.
Connections made with coworkers need trust. Trusting your peers at work may not be a forerunner on people’s lists, but it is necessary. It is important to believe that the people you work with are dedicated and committed to achieving goals that will benefit the entire group, and not solely themselves. This is something that most will shy away. Though many jobs are based on individual performance, a sense of trust is still important. It is important to believe that the company is practicing ethical business, that your coworkers will support you in a communal effort, that you are being treated and compensated appropriately. All these aspects are based on trust. Make the most of your career and illustrate the type of trust you want. If you show it, people will mirror it.
Family is always there for a person to lean on during tough times. The saying is, “If you can’t trust family, who can you trust?” For those who do not have a stable family structure, turn to those who have supported you emotionally. Family can be defined as people who love and support you unconditionally. There are no genetic requirements. Trust that they will be there in the most difficult times and trust that they will help without waver, without expectation. Relinquishing fear and trusting others is a powerful tool. Use it.
Friends follow the family suit. True friends can be trusted to be there when you need them. They will be faithful and diligent throughout the years. If you are lucky enough to find friends with those qualities, tell them how much you appreciate them. Show your gratitude at every turn and give back their love and trust. Friends are just as important as family. If you allow yourself to trust them, and they trust you, the relationship will be overflowing with positive vibes and love.
If you cannot trust in your spouse, coworker, family, or friends, there always one who is dependable. He can be trusted completely, blindly, and absolutely. That is God. When things get difficult and life seems bleak, we forget to trust God. We think, “He must not care. He cannot be listening.” This is the wrong mindset. Deuteronomy 31”6 states, “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave your nor forsake you”. God will always be there and you must trust Him. It is not easy to see His plan, especially if you are focused on your own. Do not turn away from Him, for He will not turn away from you. Trust Him and give your life over to Him. Trust that there will always be love, acceptance, and understanding from God.