3. Breaking Confidentiality
Pssst. Can you keep a secret? How do you react when you hear these words uttered in a hushed tone? Do you feel important that you are about to be trusted with confidential information, or do you wonder if it’s gossip that you don’t want to hear?
Being truly transparent to another person, exposing our insecurities, weaknesses, hopes and fears can be one of the most significant benefits of friendship. With any relationship, trust is paramount and confidentiality is an expectation.
When we are friends, we assume our secrets are safe. At some point or another, most of us have experienced the hurt and betrayal that occurs when someone we thought was a friend violates our trust, breaks confidentiality, uses information told in confidence against us, and spreads private information.
One of the most common signs of someone who cannot be trusted with confidential information is the person who says, “So-and-so told me this in confidence, but I know you won’t say anything.”
Whoever goes about slandering reveals secrets, but he who is trustworthy in spirit keeps a thing covered. – Proverbs 11:13
Remember…True friendships are heaven sent. We all need one and we all need to be one.