Have you ever heard anyone say, “I don’t trust anyone!”? Have you ever said that yourself? That comment makes me laugh, because each one of us puts our trust into others more than we realize.
For example, we trust that:
- Cooks and staff at the restaurants we eat in are observing the proper health and safety procedures related to food storage, handling, and preparation
- Letter carriers will deliver a correspondence you drop in the mail in an accurate and timely fashion
- Gas pumps actually pump the type and grade of gasoline listed on the pump, versus diesel, water, or some liquid other that what the pump says.
- Other drivers will stop when a traffic light is red, go when it’s green, and drive the proper direction in traffic, rather than just going whichever direction in whichever lane they feel like.
In all these examples, and hundreds of other daily scenarios, we are counting on others to be trustworthy. This thought reminds me that others are expecting us to be trustworthy as well. Let’s live in a way that the trust others have in us is well-placed.