Trust is hard.
I’m tempted to end it at that. That’s how hard it is.
But I’ve read some advice that I know is true. “The only way to trust someone is to trust them.” The other choice is to live in fear and self-protection mode. But that choice has its own set of damaging outcomes. Yet, those outcomes are more appealing than trusting other people. At least they are familiar and in your control. That’s why we chose them. The devil we know.
But trust we must. Assume best intentions. Give people the benefit of the doubt. Repeat, repeat, repeat.