Scrutiny and trust

Scrutiny and trust are complementary, but work best when they follow one another.

While making an important choice, such as choosing your doctor, exercise the highest levels of scrutiny. But once you have made your choice, suspend scrutiny and replace it with trust.

When our doctor prescribes a set of tablets, it is important to see the entire dosage through. Tempting as it is to stop taking those tables when we get a little better, we are better off suspending our own judgement and trusting the doctor’s.

When friendship is settled, you must trust; before friendship is formed, you must pass judgment. Those persons indeed put last first and confound their duties, who … judge a man after they have made him their friend, instead of making him their friend after they have judged him. – Seneca

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