How Much Would You Trust This?

A Story Just for You…

When I was in Bimini, The Bahamas last all, I went to the bathroom. As one does, but that’s not the point. Bare with me..

In the normal routine fashion, I finished my natural business and dutifully went to the sink where two of my dear friends were washing their hands.  

Now, pause right here and picture the scene. This was a simple bare bones public restroom in the local side of the island (as opposed to the manicured resort side). Concrete floors, pink stalls, open air windows, two sinks, and no soap dispenser.

I beelined for the nearest sink, scanned for soap, noted the lack of soap dispenser, and immediately grabbed this small plastic cup on the counter which was half full with a yellow liquid inside. I lifted it to my nose and sniffed. 

Orange vanilla fragrance. Nice! I poured this honey-like substance on my hands, lathered, and rinsed. A successful and sanitary bathroom experience. 

Then, I looked up to see my pals with gaping mouths. “You are one adventurous and trusting soul!” they exclaimed, as they pointed out their shock at how quickly I believed that plastic cup with yellow liquid was, in fact, soap. 

This was, of course as I’m sure you can allude, not the obvious assumption for the average person in a bathroom. But to me, I had no doubt I was looking at a cup of soap. Well, only that slight doubt – note that I was compelled me to smell it. 

Would you do that, too?

Anyway, I share this story with you to explore this thing called trust. Would you trust a cup with yellow liquid in a bathroom to be soap?

There’s no right or wrong answer here. And I think the answer could change with the situation. For example, if I were using a bathroom late at night, where drunkenness was happening, I would probably assume that cup was full of grossness. 

You could argue the “soap scenario” has to do with pessimism vs optimism. Or naivety vs. wisdom. I don’t think it’s any of that. It’s just a thing. One that I wanted to share, because going new places, and reflecting on situations through interactions with others, is a wonderful eye-opener for self-reflection and growth.

Don’t you?

[Below is a view of Bimini for ya!]



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