Definitions: (1) placing confidence in; believing in the honesty, integrity, or justice of; relying on; (2) without fear of consequences; allowing exposure; open-hearted; confiding; (3) supposing and supporting something as accurate; (4) certain; sure; expectant; hopeful

Compatible Qualities: responsible, trustworthy

Too Far: gullible
Note: Be wise to the signs. Are you being played for a sap? If the person you trust is a real good liar, don’t beat yourself up for being taken in. Be true to your ideals. Give yourself credit, and learn from the experience.

Saying: In God we trust.

Quote: As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live. — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832) German polymath [eight disciplines]

Consideration: A blind person takes for granted the fact he or she occasionally needs to trust someone else; they need to put their faith in someone as a guide from time to time. Visualize a bicycle built for two; the person in front is sighted, the person in back is blind. They enjoy being together and they each play their part.
     Each person is sometimes a leader and sometimes a follower. We are all somewhat blind and somewhat sighted.

Observation: If you trust someone, you will find (or have found) in their actions reasons to trust them. At first, you may give them the benefit of the doubt.
     If you do not trust someone (including oneself) or if you have a suspicious nature, then even the most innocent actions will be clothed in negative scrutiny.

Comment: Trust is linked with expectations. If someone says, “I’ll pick you up at three,” and doesn’t show up until four, that person has set up and broken an expectation. The next time he or she makes a promise you may be less certain.

Symbol: freesia flowers

Definitions: (1) worthy of confidence; dependable; (2) able to puts minds at ease; reliable; (3) forthright and multifaceted in difficult matters; straightforward

Quote: People judge you really quickly, at first just on your facial features. There are two dimensions – warmth and competence. You can think of them as trustworthiness and strength. They are first judging you on warmth; evaluating whether or not you are trustworthy. That’s much more important than whether or not you are competent. — Amy Joy Casselberry Cuddy (1972-) American social psychologist, author, & speaker

Comment: There are some things so continuously trustworthy we end up forgetting they exist or expecting them to always be there. Some that come to mind: gravity, God, beliefs, parents, job.
     Consistent qualities are growth, choice, change, and love.