Trust is Essential

Trust is hard to come by, and it seems that as our society grows increasingly non-personal due to technology, we're becoming less trusting. After all, I trust my iPhone to turn on every time I hit the Home button, and 99 times out of 100 it works just as I expect. A much better track record than most people.

The problem is, in a staff, business or even family setting, trust is necessary for proper function. You need to trust that your employees will get their job done. You need to trust your spouse to pick up the kids from school, and you need to trust the Pastor of a church to be studying for Sunday.

But no one is perfect, and trust will be breached at some point. Hopefully it will be a mild infraction, but other times it could be more significant, with a long road to recovery. Regardless of it's depth, any breach of trust must be overcome. 

I'm reminded of a Wind Ensemble concert from High School. I was playing principal trumpet in the final piece of the night, with a solo fast approaching. Seconds before my solo, the worst nightmare of any trumpet player came to pass: my valves were sticking. Bad.

I didn't have enough time to oil them, and I knew trying to play in their current condition would make for a terrible solo. I looked down the line at my best friend, who played the exact same model trumpet, and without explanation said,

"Switch trumpets, quick!"

I yanked the mouthpiece out of my own instrument, quickly placed it in his trumpet, and played a  flawless solo (in my opinion anyway).

The only way this would have worked is if I trusted my friend. While he wasn't perfect, I knew he took care of his trumpet, and I knew he trusted me enough to hand over his instrument without question. It was a great moment, made possible only because of trust.

To hear the solo played on my friend's instrument, click Play below. My thanks to David Fairey, who trusted me enough to give up his trumpet in the middle of a performance.