A featured post this week by Kym (‘A reflection on trust‘) inspires this week’s writing prompt.
When someone has my trust, there is little I would not do for them if it is within my gift. And it’s not quite a one-shot deal if that trust is abused, but something does shrivel and recoil if my trust is abused in a major way. I can and have forgiven betrayals, but find it hard to forget. Even if the relationship is re-built, it will never be as it once was and there is something to be mourned in that. Maybe I’m being naïve.
And although my children when small did not always like my answers to their questions, they did come to trust in those answers. From questions about the dentist’s chair to a first broken heart. When they became teenagers, the contract we ended up with is that I would trust them until they gave me a reason not to trust them. Bar some rites of passage transgressions, this contract worked well for us.
Then there’s public trust, from wanting to believe parents innocent sobbing on our TVs for the return of a child, to celebrity betrayals – Jimmy Savile, Rolf Harris, Lance Armstrong, Bill Cosby. Arguably, these people did not ask for our trust, but is perhaps an implied contract?
Not implied, is the fiduciary relationship of care teachers, nurses, clergy folk, parents, relatives, et al, carry. Those abuses of trust leave us reeling and heading for spyware and nanny cams in droves.
When younger, we were told to find a policeman if in trouble. Given the troubled history of that profession, is this still blanket advice we can give our children today? If not, who can we trust to send them to with impunity?
Our latest writing prompt then is to write about trust issues in all its guises and weights, only some of which have been touched on here. And do remember to tweet us if you write to this or another of our writing prompts. Have a great writing week.