Be loyal to those who are not present. In doing so, you build the trust of those who are present. - Stephen Covey
Loyalty is everything.
“Ride or die; I’ll stand by you no matter what”
For better or for worse; in sickness and in health.
I’ll hold your hand and walk through fire with you.
I’ll be with you until the sun goes down.
Huge, vague promises they may appear to be but for those who say and mean them, they are a creed, a mantra of some sort.
It doesn’t matter if we are just friends, family, work/business colleagues or lovers, loyalty builds from specific characteristics.
Deliberating choosing to stand with someone in those moments when times are tough is not something that happens overnight.
Loyalty, as valuable as it is, is incredibly rare and can easily be placed in the wrong hands.
How many times have you given your allegiance to a person or a cause only to realize that your trust has been betrayed and your devotion has been broken?
In a world that is enslaved to wealth and influence, be reminded that some people are loyal to their need of you. Once their need changes, so does their loyalty.
The world is hard enough already. Your relationships should be a place of safety and not a war zone.
Choose wisely and trust your instincts the first time.
Don’t just listen to words. Watch the face, stare into the eyes, check out body language, peep the tone, notice the use of words, hear what is not said and interpret the silence.
For without loyalty, families are broken and friendships are empty.
Give allowance for human weaknesses but set boundaries for respect, regard, consistency and commitment.
Look out for the people who look out for you.
Loyalty is demonstrated. If you find it, cherish it, be enthusiastic about it and most importantly, reciprocate it.
Ultimately, be the person that others trust. Make it easier for that one you call friend to say to you and about you without a shadow of doubt or fear of contradiction;
‘For her,…………… I will’
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Permit your freedom. Live in the moment. Live You; Now!
Yetunde Bankole-Bernard is ‘The identity Coach™” Certified as an Image Consultant, Human Connection and Personality Type Practitioner and Work Place Psychologist.