“Entrusted” and “Trustworthy”

Now these are two words you do not see often today in business nor are they spoken about in casual conversation.  What do each of these words mean to you?

What does it mean to be “Entrusted” with something?

What does it mean to be “Trustworthy”?

Did you notice that the two words just before the two words we are discussing?  “To Be”.  This is an active verb which means you must be doing something not being passive, but actively involved in the activity.

To be “Entrusted” with something means that another is giving us something very precious, very valuable and that we are responsible for that thing.

To be “Trustworthy” means that we have earned the right to be given the responsibility to be in charge of something and that we have a reputation of being honest and fair with that item we are charged with.

OK, so let’s take this a bit further.  You as a “Mother” are entrusted with the care and upbringing of the children that are under your roof.

As an employee of a company, you are entrusted with the responsibility carrying out of your job every day.

As a “Wife” in a marriage you are entrusted with the way your treat your spouse, provide your share of the relationship and chores and so on.  The same is true in reverse.

As an employer you are entrusted with the running of your business everyday and those people who work for you and the finances of your business.

When we look at life through this perspective, it looks very different.  Your are entrusted with your time, talent, body, relationships, earning a living, raising your children, making a home, volunteering and so on.  It is up to you how you carry out that task.

Being trustworthy in all of these things can be seen as a great burden or a supreme  joy. 

Reread this post and let this sink in and ponder where you are in this process in your professional life and in your personal life.