Do you have someone in your life whom you completely and totally trust? Perhaps a sibling, a spouse, a parent… maybe a friend who crossed your path at some point.
Webster’s dictionary defines trust as: “a firm belief in the reliability, truth, ability, or strength of someone or something.” Synonyms for trust include: confidence, belief, faith, certainty, assurance, reliance.
Whom do you rely on? Whom do you have confidence in? Whom do you believe will be there for you, no matter when, no matter what?
Do you have someone who knows your deepest, darkest secrets and you know they will never tell?
Is there someone with whom you share and you know those thoughts will never be repeated?
Do you have “a person” (like Cristina is to Meredith on Grey’s Anatomy)? Does your person always have your back? Does your person never throw you under the bus? Does your person protect you at all costs, even when it might mean difficulty or pain for them personally?
Do they treat you with respect? Do they apologize when they hurt you unintentionally? Do they ONLY hurt you UNintentionally… never on purpose?
Do you have someone who loves you unconditionally, even when you screw up? Do they forgive you easily when you apologize? Do they give you the benefit of the doubt even when they hear something about you that might be considered “bad?”
If someone immediately popped into your brain as you read these words, be thankful. Hold on to that person with all you have.
No one is perfect. Sometimes even our dearest family and closest friends let us down. But remember, we often do the same to them. Just because someone makes a mistake doesn’t mean they can’t be trusted. But if someone consistently shows you they can’t be trusted, believe them.
Find the person (or people, if you’re REALLY blessed) whom you trust. Be a person they can trust. And thank them. It’s not everyday you find that special kind of friend.