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At the heart of every good relationship, those that endure, is trust. There is always something about that person or this group that makes us feel wanted and supported. This sense is evident early in the relationship and don’t seem to falter over time. Without real trust based on knowing that person or these people, eventually the relationship falters and we are left with dust.



At different times in our lives and in different situations, most of us tend to look at our personal relationships, our teams, our organizations, and our governments through one of two sets of glasses: “blind trust” (naivete) or “distrust” (suspicion). At times, we may even go back and forth between the two.

These glasses have been created by a number of factors, including the way our parents and grandparents may have seen the world, the experiences we’ve had in our personal and professional lives, the people we interact with, the things we read, the things we watch, and the things we listen to. However, most of us don’t even realize that we have these glasses on.

Only as we understand how we’re seeing the world now can we truly appreciate the difference a new pair of glasses can make.


The reality is that there is a…

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About ivonprefontaine

I completed a PhD at Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA. Previously, I taught for 20 years and taught for 15 years in a wonderful hybrid school. My dissertation topic and research were how certain teachers experience becoming who teachers. In teaching and leanring, I am a boundary-crosser who understands moving ahead is a leap of faith. Teaching is a calling and vocation to express who I am as a person. Currently, I am waiting and listening to what calls me next. I am an educator, phenomenologist, scholar, boundary-crosser, published poet, author, parent, grandparent, and spouse.

4 responses »

  1. A perspective on trust that deserves our attention, as trust is at the basis of all relationships. Thanks for posting

  2. Trust to be trusted while knowing what you trust! To be open and willing to give trust at the same time digging deeper to shore up that trust is truly a gift we should all strive for. Blind trust, blind faith is built on sand and will some day let you down. From questions come answers allowing the blind eye to open and the joy of life to flourish! Great thought provoking post full of truth! Thanks – great way to start the day.


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