Some days ago, I had a shock.
A person I had trusted and ardently admired for almost two decades did something that caused me loss of face and hurt my budding business. For a whole day, I could not get over it, simmering, fuming and crying in turns. Slowly, as the shock and anger wore off, I found myself questioning the entire meaning of trust.
After all, trust forms the foundation of all our relationships. It is what we stand on and build with so much care. Trust is what helps us ride out life’s troughs and crests. So when that anchor is shaken or taken away, the jolt can be almost too much to bear.
It is in times like these that I find myself turning to words from the wise. As always, my search led me to my favorite site, Goodreads. Here are some gems I found there:
“I do not trust people who don’t love themselves and yet tell me, ‘I love you.’ There is an African saying which is: Be careful when a naked person offers you a shirt.”
― Maya Angelou
“To be trusted is a greater compliment than being loved.”
― George MacDonald
“Loving someone is giving them the power to break your heart, but trusting them not to.”
― Julianne Moore
“Never trust the advice of a man in difficulties.”
An assortment of views here, which somehow managed to put things in perspective for me. More than that, words like these were obviously written because others have gone through the same pain of betrayal. I am not alone. This is life, warts and all, and it happens to everyone.
I am ready to trust again.