“You may be deceived if you trust too much, but you will live in torment if you do not trust enough.”
— Frank Crane
I had a pretty moving experience recently. I was at a funeral visitation to lend friendship and support to a colleague who lost someone very dear to her. There were a ton of people from UT in attendance, including a colleague of mine who’s been here longer than my 12+ years.
Although I don’t know this colleague very well, we got to talking and I learned an awful lot about him. I mean serious, life-shaping stuff.
And that 10-minute conversation will forever change how I think about this colleague. He trusted me. He didn’t have to.
We all know that trust is one of the most important ingredients in any relationship, whether it’s marriage, friendship or working relationships. If I trust a colleague and that person trusts me back, we’re going to work a whole lot more efficiently than if the trust didn’t exist.
Now, I don’t believe that trust is an invitation to have a complaint session with a co-worker about everybody else you work with. That’s just a negative interaction, regardless.
But this experience has served as a nice reminder to take a risk and let another co-worker see a part of me that I’ve not shared with that person. I’m not talking deep, dark secrets, but something that serves as a symbol – an offer of trust.
And if that sharing is positive, there’s really no risk.
Thanks for reading.