Building Trust and Relationships Many of you know my passion for the equine species. The relationship between horse and man is thousands of years old and built on a strong foundation of trust. The best relationships with horses are based on that mutual trust, which must be earned. It can take a long time to create trust, but with patience, commitment, and consistency, that wonderful relationship will bloom and flourish. In contrast, the trust between two people can be complex. With people, we may often automatically trust others until we are given a reason not to. Friedrich Nietzsche, a German philosopher, poet, and philologist, once said: “I’m not upset that you lied to me, I’m upset that from now on I can’t believe you.” Trust is an essential part of life between people. Not only does it allow people to lean on each other and grow closer to one another, but it creates a sense of belonging. Relationships of every kind are built on trusting that neither party will do anything to harm the other, but, once that trust is breached, it can be extremely difficult or nearly impossible to rebuild that connection.
Trust is an essential element of life. One of the difficulties we face is that each one of us perceives the world differently. With 24-hour news and social media, we tend to trust that what we hear and read in the media is true when, in fact, it may very well not be true. We formulate our beliefs on what we hear and read from the sources we trust. What we believe affects how we treat others who do not believe as we do. Be kind and listen to one another with patience and an open mind, but don’t blindly trust others believing they will always give you the truth. Build trust much like you would with a horse: Be patient, considerate, and committed, and have others earn your trust in them.
“It can take a long time to create trust, but with patience, commitment, and consistency, that wonderful relationship will bloom and flourish.”
As an attorney bound by attorney-client privilege, I have found I need to assure clients that the information given to me is confidential. I will not betray that trust, ever. I have also found that, at times, I need to remind a client that they must, in turn, be truthful and honest with me. If a client is not truthful or honest with me, I cannot be properly prepared to effectively represent their interests or defend them.
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