Today, I heard a great definition of trust:
"If I make myself vulnerable to you, you won't leverage that vulnerability to my disadvantage."
When I heard it, I realized that all the people I don't trust in my life--the reason that I don't trust them is that they do NOT give me the above noted assurance that they wouldn't hurt me if I DID trust them.
This thought encourages me to be transparent in my dealings. When people know what my interests are, they can evaluate for themselves whether or not those interests pose a threat to their own. More importantly, I should consider other people's interests as they relate to my own--always taking care not to create a disadvantage for someone who's trust I care to earn.\
One Bad Apple
4 days ago