One of the most valuable assets we can have in life is to be trustworthy. It is worth gold whether in business or friendships or family. When you can trust a person it creates a bond of loyalty that runs deep. And when someone can trust you it gives you that same bond of loyalty back. It is more valuable than any amount of money or power because trust doesn’t have to ebb and flow like other things in life. Trust can be permanent if you do the right things and do things the right way.
“Few delights can equal the presence of one whom we trust utterly.” – George MacDonald
It takes time and effort to build trust. It takes going the extra mile to show that you are someone who can be counted on. And unfortunately it can be broken in a split second of doing something to let someone down. As the title of today’s blog states, “Trust takes years to build, seconds to break, and forever to repair.” Trust must be treated with kid gloves. It must be given the attention it deserves without missing a single beat.
I remember as a little girl going with my Grandfather to climb up what we called the “Big Rock”. It was a large rock in the back woods behind our house growing up. Grandpa would take us to the rock and help us climb up. Then we would stand up tall and jump off the rock into his waiting arms. I never once felt hesitant to jump off that rock to my Grandpa. I trusted him 100%. I knew he wouldn’t drop me and for that he had my heart.
As a CEO I learned how important it was to surround myself with only trustworthy people. When I had a team I could trust I knew that we could overcome anything and everything together and that was exactly what we were able to do. The trust they had in me and my trust in them was the key to our company being so incredibly successful.
As a mother I have seen the damage that can be done when a child doesn’t keep their word to their parents. I have also seen the trust that is built when a child does keep their word. Foundations are created between parents and children when their children prove to their parents that they are indeed someone who can be trusted. The relationship turns from having to be the officiator to being able to be friends with one another and when that can happen it is magical.
As a friend I know how my life has been impacted for the better by the friends in my life that trust me and I trust them. It has given me a circle of friends and mentors that have done more to shape my life for the better than I could ever express. And those bonds wouldn’t exist without the bond of trust between us.
As we head into this Easter weekend I can’t help but reflect on how blessed I feel that I have a loving Heavenly Father and his son Jesus Christ who have shown me time and time again that I can trust them with all that I am. And I hope to live up to being a person they can trust in that same way.
Trust truly is the greatest asset any of us can have. We must be trustworthy and we must choose wisely those we will trust. When you learn what people are not trustworthy in your life steer clear of them. And when you find those rare people who have shown they can be trusted, keep them close and never let them go.
Have a great Easter weekend everyone!