Often when I see clients trust is something that has seemed to dissolve in their major relationships. Infidelity is often a major reason trust is broken in relationships but it’s not the only reason. It could be that your spouse made a life changing financial decision without consulting you. Perhaps your best friend stabbed you in the back. It could also be that you took something valuable from a family member, lied to your partner, or broke promises to your kids…. Trust is something that we take for granted but once its lost it takes a lot to get back on track.
If you have broken trust with someone who is valuable to you, what can we do? Below are some tips on things we can do to rebuild trust that may have been damaged:
Trust is something that takes a moment to lose but could be a lifetime to rebuild…. Take active measures with your relationships to make sure that the latter does not have to be the case.
I have yet to meet a person who has not heard about what has been in the news about the 12 members of a youth football (soccer) team in Thailand who were lost in a cave. For 17 days we have been hearing about fear, the worry, and finally the wonderful news of the successful rescue and the ability for the children to soon be reunited with their families. I found myself tuning in every day, using social media to find live updates, started checking all the media outlets to check the tally as the boys were coming out, and reached out to friends when I heard the news that all 13 were rescued. It touched everyone in many ways and it brought the world together to cheer for something and hope for something better.
It’s been so bewildering lately. Society is more polarized than ever. From sports to patriotism to children, there seem to be subjective views on how society, as a whole, should behave.
The word “friend” is not a word that is thrown around lightly. To have a friend means you have someone you count on and share a certain level of comfort/trust. Friendships evolve over many arenas: school, neighborhoods, jobs, other parents, etc.. the list of ways to meet people is endless, but the group honored to be considered a friend is a cherished few.
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