Need a reminder that people are good? Tired of seeing all the bad in the world? I don’t necessarily believe the last two sentences, although some people do. Nevertheless, I was recently subjected to the fact that you can trust people, whether you’d believe it or not. Let me explain…
I was traveling for work and had come to a stop at a red light. I looked up in my rearview mirror and saw a car approaching rapidly, and then the inevitable… They stopped. I don’t know exactly what it was at the moment, but I got to thinking about what it would have looked like if they hadn’t stopped.
I got to thinking about the faith and trust we put in the other people around us during one of the most dangerous things we do, driving. Trust people.
And yet, we don’t even realize it. Sure, getting up in the morning is a risk in itself, but think about driving. You stay on your side of the road and I’ll stay on mine. A little yellow line tells us to do this and for the most part we do. When we get in the car we are saying that we accept those risks and trust that we will make it to where we are going. Maybe you get in the car and tell yourself that somebody will likely run into you, but I don’t. So, does this actually mean that we can trust people?
I think so. I think if they weren’t you would see people getting rear ended left and right. If you don’t believe this good in other people, look into your rear view mirror the next time you are stopped. Think about what it would look like if that person didn’t stop. Then, appreciate them and that they did. Sure, they may have stopped for their own personal benefit, but sadly some people don’t even care enough to think that much about themselves.
So is the opposite true? Are people who cause accidents untrustworthy? Not completely. In that moment, depending on the accident, then perhaps. Did their brakes fail and they did everything to avoid you that they could? Or were they texting and smashed into your back-end? The former had good intentions, the latter not so much. I would deem the latter, in that instance, to be unworthy.
Also, remember that trust can be built (slowly) and lost (quickly).
It applies to much more than just driving too. Think of all the strangers you surround yourself with when you go to a store or other public place. Sure, some people are bad, but many times nothing bad happens. After all, you are still here to read about it. You trust that you will get into the store, do your business, get out of the store, and get on with your life. And you allow others to do the same (hopefully). You are trustworthy, and luckily, so are most people.
For more reasons to trust others check out Life Lessons From Summer Camp.