Sunday, October 26, 2008

I don’t believe in promises,
but I do believe in trust.
Questioned on this
at first I didn’t have a response,
but now I know.
A promise is but words based on the giver’s attempt at commitment to something.
Trust is based on what the receiver has come to believe about the giver’s capability to follow through.


Definitions from Wikipedia:
“Trust is a prediction of reliance on an action, based on what a party knows about the other party.“

A promise is a psychological contract indicating a transaction between two persons whereby the first person undertakes in the future to render some service or gift to the second person or devotes something valuable now and here to his or her use.

Some quotes on topic:
“I'm not upset that you lied to me, I'm upset that from now on I can't believe you”

“We're never so vulnerable than when we trust someone - but paradoxically, if we cannot trust, neither can we find love or joy”

“I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish He didn't trust me so much.”

“Without trust, words become the hollow sound of a wooden gong. With trust, words become life itself.”

“People who have given us their complete confidence believe that they have a right to ours. The inference is false, a gift confers no rights.”

“Promise little and do much”

3 comments:

ROOSTER said...

Wow.
Sounds like one of two things....
.....either someone woke up on the wrong side of the bed....
..or....
someone got screwed over...

brat said...

Actually neither. I have had this philosophy about promises for a long time. I had a discussion with a friend about it last night. That prompted me to post. :D

ROOSTER said...

Ok well I have been wrong before...not often mind you..but at least once or twice..