why trusting others is worth the risk

why trusting others is worth the risk
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Trust is the foundation of any healthy relationship, but it is especially critical in romantic love. When we open our hearts to another person, we make ourselves vulnerable and rely on their care and fidelity. Trust allows us to build intimacy, believing that our partner has our best interests in mind. It frees us to be fully seen and known, flaws and all.  

In any human connection, there is the possibility of betrayal and hurt. However, going into a relationship with a baseline of mistrust destroys the potential for real love from the start. If we assume the worst in our partners, we poison the well of goodwill and prevent authentic bonds. We miss out on all of the joy, support, and growth that comes from mutual trust.

As the saying goes, "It is better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all." This captures the truth that even relationships that end painfully have value. The moments of closeness, the shared hopes and dreams, the vulnerability – these are precious gifts. We should not preemptively shut out these experiences because of the fear that we will get hurt.  

Trust opens us up to deception, but it also opens us up to humanity. Flawed as we are, most people aspire to show up with integrity in their close relationships. When trust is broken, it hurts deeply. But we can recover and become wiser about who is worthy of our trust. We need not become jaded cynics and close our hearts. 

As long as we proceed with openness instead of naïveté — moderating trust with discernment — we give ourselves the chance for fulfillment in love. We refuse to erode our own decency with blanket mistrust. For the gifts of loving freely are worth the risk. With resilient spirits, we can regain our footing even if trust is violated. But if we do not dare to trust at all, we condemn ourselves to isolation and fear. The rewards are so abundant when we believe in the fundamental goodness of our fellow human beings. Even deception cannot negate all the positive experiences trust makes possible. 

Trust lays the groundwork for profound connection, providing a latchkey to the most sublime chamber of the human experience. It is an act of courage and hope, an antidote to loneliness. Trust sustains us even through pain, as we keep reaching toward the ideals of love. For without trust, we cannot truly know another soul.