How easily do we trust the people around us? How easily can we lose our trust if it is betrayed? How do we separate trustworthy people from unreliable people? What is the result of this separation in our lives and relationships with those around us?
We could liken the people and situations around us to potential puddles. We walk down the street and stumble into a puddle (we trust a man who eventually betrays us). Next time, perhaps, when we go down the same path (we will be confronted with the same person or someone else with similar behavior), we will try to avoid the same puddle (we will be more cautious, and try, if we can, to give him a second chance, we will become more aware of the ways we may be “trapped”).
If we stumble into the same puddle and continue to stumble (trusting the same people repeatedly and who repeatedly betray us), we may have to ask ourselves: what we can learn from this process, what life lesson may be hidden or what new behavior we need to adopt to stop stumbling into the same puddles. For example, do we walk with our heads held high without paying attention to where we step or walk awkwardly without having any balance?
Living in a society in which we have become very wary of the people around us and their intentions towards us, we need to try to show confidence, at least in the beginning. If the person we trusted exploits it, it would be better to review our movements and manage what comes up from there.
Trust is conquered through difficulties and is often lost by not-so-important events. That is because relationships are tested over time. Those that usually remain are the ones that have been tested in difficult situations in which trust was “hanging by a fine thread” and eventually came out in favor of strengthening the relationship.
“Trust is a plant that grows slowly, particularly in aging breasts.” Samuel Johnson