Acting In Good Faith – Josh Journal
There is a peace of mind that comes with acting in good faith. Like you meet people, and you don’t have to be suspicious or wary of their actions (and inactions.)
You just trust them and expect them not to default on that trust.
How cool would it be if everyone actually acted in good faith? What would be even cooler would be everyone respecting that good faith.
No one has to watch their backs, or second guess intentions and hidden interest.
Trust is supposed to be earned, but I admire when people’s default mindset is trust and it is distrust that has to be earned or unearthed.
Such people are more friendly, welcoming, open to suggestions, and more.
But I don’t exactly blame people who are hesitant to trust others. If you know what people have been through, you’ll understand their struggles better.
The best you can hope for is that they don’t paint everyone with the same brush, end as skeptics or cynics.
It is important to always respect and accept people’s antecedents. Someone who burns through goodwill like it is going out of fashion is not one that good faith should be wasted on.
If someone has proven to be undeserving, evil, wicked, bad, untrustworthy, wasteful, or unfaithful, accept them.
This is one of the few instances where I’ll say accept people for who they are, who they have proven to be, and stop trying to change them.
The earlier you accept this reality, the earlier you will stop exposing yourself to heartbreak.
Acting in good faith with known bad actors is peak foolishness. It will hardly lead to something positive.
There are a lot of people waiting for a chance, stop wasting chances on people who would never accept, appreciate, or maximize it.