Recently our design firm went through growing pains and issues of trust and transparency which caused me to think about trusting people whether it’s family, friends, co-workers or significant others. As we do at our agency we sat around and discussed the issues “or white elephants in the room” as our account manager so aptly put it and made breakthroughs which helps us move forward and tap deeper into our creative family for solutions which help us and ultimately our clients. So as I do I searched for something written about trust to serve as help and example to others and I came across this essay on trust written in 2005 by a high school senior which only proves wisdom doesn’t always come from Chopra, Susnow, Freud or Tony Robbins.
“Trust” This essay is about trust.
Essay by glcsean, High School, 12th grade, April 2005
Trust is the very thing that everybody in this world desires, or at least should desire from one another. Who wants to have a friendship or relationship without trust? Nobody does. Without trust, there is no friendship, and without friendship, there is no love. I believe that trust is an even greater compliment than to be loved! I believe George Macdonald said it best when he stated “To be trusted is a greater compliment than to be loved.” When I read this quote for the first time, I thought to myself, “Wow that is so true. How can you be loved if you are not trusted first?”
It is a special thing to be trusted by someone. To be told you are trusted is an even greater feeling, but you should never take advantage of that trust. Taking advantage of somebody’s trust in you is never a good thing and will only lead to distrust. If somebody took advantage of my trust, I would be very skeptical of them the next time they needed me to do something for them or asked something of me. Trust should be valued highly and seen as a true bond between two friends or mates. It should be thought of as the glue in the relationship.
I think of myself as a very trusting person. I believe that I have a very strong judge of character when it comes to meeting somebody for the first time. When I first look at somebody I can sort of tell how there personality is or how easy they might be to talk to. Just by looking at the way they sit or stand, talk, and listen, I will be able to tell if I will get along with that person well. This also goes for trusting somebody. Maybe I tend to trust people a little too much when I first meet someone but that is just the way I am. Though I do not fully trust them, I believe I can trust in them to help me with something minor I ask of them or tell them. I usually have no problem trusting somebody unless I can tell there will be a problem. If they break my trust in them, it will take a lot to re-gain that trust back if they can at all.
Having somebody to trust is a wonderful feeling. Knowing that you have somebody to talk to about anything you might have going on in your life is great. The feeling of being trusted might possibly be one of the best feelings you will ever know. It is great when you can help somebody when you are trusted just by having a talk with them about something they need help with or need advice on. If you do not know of anybody you truly trust, then I believe that you should find someone and build that friendship with a glue called trust and maybe you will help that person and even yourself in ways you’ve never known.