1. We can only love someone we trust.
Love is built on trust. As rational individuals, we can only naturally love someone we already trust. Relationships that aren’t anchored in trust are not made to survive rocky trials.
2. Love only reflects our ability to trust others.
Our ability to selflessly give ourselves to others comes with a guarantee of reciprocation. We trust in order to be trusted, but we love only with the hope of being loved back.
3. We use trust to control our emotions.
We are emotional beings who put more emphasis on the means than the end. We engage ourselves in meaningful relationships that we value. Hence, we use trust to gauge our relationship with others, and in the process, we figure out how much we are willing to give of ourselves to others.
4. We put a premium on trust as the building block of any relationship.
Trust precedes love. Every type of relationship is anchored on our ability to be open and share ourselves with others.
5. Judgment is clouded by love but illuminated by trust.
We think that love can save us from emotional roller coasters. More often than not, we are blinded by what love has to offer—gaining the acceptance, admiration, and approval of others. What we fail to consider is the fact that sometimes, our judgment becomes flawed because there are times when love suppresses reason and we get trapped in its foolish play. Trust, on the other hand, routes us back to the reason we built the relationship—establishing a lifelong connection with that person.
6. Trust conquers all.
We always believe that love conquers all, but it is trust that pushes us to believe that we can and will conquer every obstacle. We can say that love is the overarching concept of overcoming whatever obstacle comes our way, but it is trust that holds everything together. It is the glue to every gap and difference.
7. Trust is what makes us love again.
At the end of it all, after we fall down, get back up, and head back on track, trust enables us to believe that deep inside, we are all hopeless romantics just trying to find our own better half among the seven billion little souls on Earth.