To trust when you have no reason to do it!
Trust is a concept that takes time to build, yet can be broken in moments. So why trust someone when you have no reason? In Lingering Echoes, 17-year-old Allie finds herself in a situation where she is drawn to the alluring and mysterious Damien. Nevertheless, rumors and judgment from friends may dissuade her from her attraction. Still, Allie consciously presses forward, accepting the risks and trusting in Damien—not because she is naïve, but because logic and reasoning must not always control.
In our own lives, we all encounter relationships in which a judgment call will be required. It is difficult to know whether to simply follow our heart and trust or instead, to form a hypothesis of skepticism, hoping it will later be discredited. There is certainly a fine line between being naïve and trusting. And, every situation is unique, so it is impossible to provide a one-size-fits-all answer to this question. However, I often find myself, like Allie, allowing the “benefit of the doubt”—even when a person has made their fair share of mistakes. In Allie’s words, “having a bad past doesn’t make you a bad person, does it?”
I, too, like to remember that mistakes should not ultimately define a person, but instead, the manner in which one triumphs over past gaffes should be the bar. To me, if a person is willing to acknowledge their mistakes and take responsibility for their actions, while allowing humility to take hold in their heart, a window of change and hope often emerges like a fresh blossom from the soul. In fact, this simple willingness to try is usually enough to tip the scales toward trust. As imperfect souls, I think we all truly yearn to extend a much needed second chance to those who seek them. However, we still require a witness of something more than a hollow promise of remorse and change.
In the end, trust is a gamble. To trust is to expose yourself—leaving your life, heart, and emotions in the hands of another. What the “trusted” do with your faith is ultimately up to them. Extending that trust, whether as an emotional impulse or based on a calculated risk, is up to us.