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The Importance of Trust

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2004-05-25 01:48:50

Trust is the treasure of our daily lives. However, we do not understand its value. It is generally seen that trust in our daily lives is disappearing fast.

Why have we become so suspicious that we cannot enter into meaningful relationships with each other? Why can we not behave as normal human beings? After all when we were born as human beings the first lesson we learnt was that we should trust each other. However, as our lives progressed slowly, trust began to diminish. Our childhood innocence has given way to calculations in which there is no place for trust.

Trust in each other gives strength and vitality to our relationships. It gives us inner happiness, which is priceless. It brings joy all around and life appears brighter and brighter.  Its fragrance spreads far and wide. Trust keeps us in a positive mental framework. When you trust each other you feel self-confident. The feeling of believing others is electrifying.  It not only provides sense of security but provides new zeal to fight the vagaries of life. Trusting each other gives us a sense of deep bonding. It signifies that we are united to fight the battles ahead. Trust is a synonym for warmth in our relationships.

With so many advantages of trusting each other, how do we feel when germs of mistrust appear? Life appears to be devoid of colour and lacks spontaneity. We behave- mechanically- like robots .We constantly live with fear and tensions. We live in our shells. We are unable to share with each other. We live in suppressed condition, which inhibits the growth of our personality. As a result we are not able to contribute towards the betterment of society .We are not able to create a conducive atmosphere where there is transparency all around. A society whose foundation is built around trust is progressive and dynamic. Lack of trust signifies decay in the society.

Building up trust is not easy.  A conscious effort has to be made in this direction .We need to nurture our relationships with care. We should not let our ego destroy our relationships. This requires making constant efforts to know each other fully. The more we explore each other the more we can handle each others contradictions well. After all most of the problems in relationships occur because we do not want to open up.  As a result we tend to look at others with doubt. We live in our own world of likes and dislikes, unable to create a balance. No doubt people tend to view us with suspicion.  If we are balanced and mature in our thoughts and actions, people will trust us.  For this we must shed the habit of finding fault with others even on a slight pretext. Instead, we should identify and make others aware of their positive traits and strengths. This will enhance our credibility, which will lead to building trust. We must not indulge in unhealthy competition by trying to outwit each other. Instead we should master the art of rejoicing in the happiness of others.  Good performance of others should spur us to act in a positive manner.  Being jealous and competitive will be of no use as it will lead to destroying trust.

No one is perfect in todays era.  If there would have been perfection all around, then no trace of mistrust would have been present. We must build trust against the backdrop of limitations in our personalities. Mistrust is itself a reflection of our inadequacies and imperfections in handling our relationships with finesse. After all reform begins at home .Let us reform ourselves by giving time to our relationships and thinking of ways to strengthen them. Trust will then follow naturally.


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