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5 Ways to Restore Trust When It Has Been Broken

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Why do relationships begin so amazingly well, full of hope, excitement and love, but often end up shattered like a glass pane dropped from atop a 10-story building?

When one half of a relationship suddenly destroys the other’s trust in them by betraying a confidence, cheating with someone else, stealing from the other or simply abandoning the relationship with no explanation or warning, the intense feelings of rejection and disbelief can be overwhelming and sometimes debilitating.

Although it seems hard to accept, especially to those who have had their trust in someone special damaged by acts of betrayal, trust can be restored with time, patience, keeping communication lines open and a lot of self-introspection.

Restoring trust also requires:

1. Remaining honest about your feelings. The old saying that “confession is good for the soul” may not have come from a therapist but it remains relevant when trying to restore trust. Also realize that while confessing true feelings might cause the end of a relationship, blunt honesty can effectively put an end to something unhealthy, unproductive and toxic to a person’s mental and emotional well-being.

2. Don’t wait to “talk” about broken trust out of fear and anxiety of what may happen. The sooner a meaningful discussion begins, the better chance trust can be restored. Start by talking about motivation, empathy, agendas and why trust is such an important issue in any relationship..

3. The person whose trust in another was damaged will need to learn to forgive. This is the hardest part about restoring trust in a relationship and requires long moments of introspection, embracing self-esteem and understanding that having an unforgiving attitude may sabotage the other’s chance at restoring trust.

4. Start with small steps rather than grand gestures. Small yet significant gestures will do more to restore trust than acting superficially in an attempt to shove the immediate past into a dark, unspoken corner.

5. Keeping promises, no matter how little or big, is paramount to restoring trust when it has been broken. Anyone involved in a relationship suffering from trust issues needs to understand that promises are not just verbal tools used to gloss over a difficult moment or enhance special times but are genuine commitments that help create an indelible and satisfying relationship that does not suffer from dishonesty, resentment or trust issues.

About Alex Blackwell
Alex Blackwell is a father, husband and writer.

Sunday Inspiration #33

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Today’s Sunday Inspiration: There are some things worth holding onto (love, hope, peace and faith) and then there are some things to let go (regret, fear, anger and resentment). Learning to do this requires patience and balance.

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Alex Blackwell is a father, husband and writer. He writes about inspiring things at The BridgeMaker.
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10 Personal Development Books Everyone Should Read

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“You cannot open a book without learning something.” – Confucius

In high school I rarely read books outside of the classroom. Back then, I felt that everything I needed to know could be found by watching television. Later, I realized in order to accomplish my goals, I needed to work on my personal development.

That was when I began reading books of all kinds. In addition to reading John Grisham novels, I also read books on spirituality, health, and relationships. I’ve learned that no matter what issue I’m facing, someone had already written a book to help me solve that issue

Here are 10 books that have made an immediate impact on my personal development and help show me the way to the extraordinary life. Continue Reading This Post »

Small Ways to Show Kindness

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“Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.” – Mark Twain

There are small ways we can show kindness every day. Whether to our neighbor, our friend, our family, or a stranger, the little gestures can make a big impact on someone’s life. Here are a few ways you can show you care, while making someone’s day better…

Share a cup of coffee – Take someone out and buy them a cup of coffee. Get comfortable, talk for hours, enjoy your brew. To the person you’re sharing it with; this act of kindness will mean a lot.

Invite someone over for dinner – One of the most enjoyable things to do with a new friend is eating a meal together. Create an inviting atmosphere and personal touch by having them over for dinner. You likely won’t spend any extra money, but the impact you’ll have on the other person is huge.

Donate your unused items – We all have clothes and other items that we no longer need, use, or like anymore. You could take them to the local thrift shop, or you could give them to a friend in need! It’s a wonderful act of kindness to pass on your gently used, or maybe never used, items to someone who could use them.

Write an encouraging letter – The written word can go a long way. Take the time to get an inspiring card, or write your own short note, for someone who needs an uplifting word. This kind act may seem small, but the extra effort will show them how much you care.

Provide them with something that they need – Maybe you’ve heard a friend or co-worker mention a grocery item or other household item they need. Maybe it’s something you have, or maybe it’s something you have access to for free or with a discount. Take the opportunity for showing kindness and provide them with their needed item. If you’re able to fill the need, be a blessing!

About Alex Blackwell
Alex Blackwell is a father, husband and writer. He writes about inspiring things at The BridgeMaker.
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