As human beings we are capable of great depth of feeling. When we trust, we do it implicitly. When we love, we do so wholeheartedly. The paradox is, that this quality we have is at the same time, one of our greatest strengths and also our biggest weakness. For never are we so vulnerable and exposed as we are in that moment. There is no greater betrayal then that of trust. Whether it be in our personal relationships, or in our dealings with people in general. The repercussions can be endless and its affects felt long after the deed has been done. Losing faith in other people can be hard, but even worse is when individuals lose faith in themselves. Often they will blame themselves, for not seeing what was happening, or of being too trusting.
People who were once open and trusting, become the complete opposite. Fearful of forming new relationships. Distant with new people, keeping them at arms length. Afraid of starting new enterprises and less willing to take creative risks. When we lose our faith in people and become distrustful. We erect barriers around ourselves, thinking that this is the only way to stay safe and free from pain. But this can be a very lonely world to live in and I think it is important to remember, that for a long time, we lived, loved and had great friendships and relationships, where trust was not an issue. That we should not let one or two bad experiences, change who we are and our view of life. The fact is, not everyone we meet is going to hurt or lie to us.
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