Next letter up for the A-Z challenge of Positive Personality Traits is T - and T is for Trustworthy. In these days of social media and one-up-manship, trustworthiness is a quality that is often pushed to the sidelines. We are never sure if someone is truly who they present themselves to be, or if they have wrapped themselves up in a glossy cover and what we see isn't necessarily what we get.
Being a trustworthy person is a trait that should be high on everyone's list. Knowing that someone can be trusted to keep their word (and do what they say they will) is absolutely huge! There are so many aspects to relationships that rely on the people involved being trustworthy - think of those vows you make when you get married - how many people stay true to them and to the person they made those promises to?
Promises are based on us trusting the person making the vow - we expect them to hold firm to what they have declared and to not change their mind without telling us. We trust our friends to have our best interests at heart, we trust our spouse to not cheat on us, we trust our children to behave honourably, we trust our employer and workmates to behave with respect. Trustworthy people step up to the plate and hold fast to what they say they believe - they don't fluctuate with the breezes of life.
We need to be honourable and loyal people who stand by our word. We need to resist taking the easy way out if it means we are going back on what we promised. We need to have the courage to admit when we fail or break someone's trust and ask for their forgiveness. The world needs men and women who are trustworthy and dependable, marriages need those traits, friendships need them, work environments flourish when we know we're not being deceived or set up.
I'd like to see trustworthiness esteemed a lot more in our world - it's a quiet and under appreciated trait and we forget how much hinges on behaving in a trustworthy manner and believing that others are behaving that way too.