Have you ever thought about your own personal comfort level with various people? Some people don’t like to be touched, some have never met a stranger and hug everyone they come in contact with. Me, I fall somewhere in the middle but I tend to lean toward being a hugger. Especially if I’m being introduced to extended family or close friends of family. However, there are certain people who I don’t hug. In fact, there are some out there that I don’t even want to be within arms length of, let alone touch.
I don’t trust very many people in this world and if I don’t know you, you can bet that I don’t trust you. Sometimes, I trust you even less after I get to know you. The thing that I just don’t understand and simply cannot wrap my mind around is the fact that there are some people out there who trust people way too much. They believe that people will more often than not make the right decision and do good. They believe in second chances and the benefit of the doubt and saving people.
Now, don’t get me wrong. I believe in those things, too. I’m a self-proclaimed believer in the greater good of mankind and I have perpetual hope, but I also know when to draw the line on that faith, too. Other people, not so much. Maybe I’m just paranoid. Maybe I’m crazy. Maybe I’m cold-hearted. I don’t know. But I know I’m not gonna be the one who’s taken out because I’m too trusting or because I’m not paying attention to what’s going on around me.
I’m still gonna love with all my heart and believe with every fiber in my being in those certain people who I have that perpetual faith in, but my comfort level with the rest of the world will probably remain on high alert.
So, I’m curious. What’s your comfort level?