I woke up at the crack of dawn last Saturday, rolled out of bed, sat on the floor and began playing with my puppy. While petting her with one hand, she was busy chewing relentlessly on the palm of my other hand. I smiled at her innocent playfulness and thought to myself, “There’s a third of my hand fitted snug inside her little mouth, she really loves meat and has some chiselled-sharp teeth, yet still I know, she will never bite my hand.”—now that’s what I call trust!
Being a dog and all, she never said to me “You can trust me; I’m loyal to you and won’t ever bite you.” Nope! I completely trusted her because her consistent actions proved her loyalty and trustworthiness to me.
The same principle applies when it comes to trusting in our relationships. Do we trust our partners because they tell us we can trust them or do we trust based on their consistent actions? Do we take their word for it—“Babe you can trust me”,-–even though their phone is always over-protected, faced down, and on silent?
I honestly believe, when someone is loyal and trustworthy there will never be a need for them to explain themselves or tell you to trust them; their actions will speak volumes and never have you questioning their trust. And if in rare instances we do end up questioning their trust, deep down we honestly know we’re just being paranoid.
Perhaps it’s time to check in with the trust in our relationships—are we trusting our partners based on their actions or are we taking their word for it even when their actions scream otherwise? Are we being paranoid about something that isn’t there or blind to something that’s staring us point-blank in the face?
The answer to these questions is plastered all over the actions of the person and no amount of words should make you believe otherwise.
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