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“The foundation stones for balanced success are honesty, character, integrity, faith, love and loyalty.” Zig Ziglar

Motivation Mondays: LOYALTY

Motivation Mondays: LOYALTY

What does LOYALTY mean to you? When I was a child, I looked to my parents and my extended family for succor. Because they were there for me on a regular basis, I knew, implicitly, that all my needs were going to be met. Every day, without fail, I was cared for, fed, clothed, provided with shelter, and sent to school to broaden my mind and learn new things. The trust I held for my family, and this included my siblings, uncles and aunts, was built on a foundation of actions that were consistent and loyal. So when we talk about the development of loyalty between family, friends, co-workers and all sorts of associations we build in our lifetime, we must remember that loyalty is never achieved overnight. It is neither feigned nor forced.

When seemingly solid relationships break down, it is often because of indiscretions, a betrayal of trust or a loss of loyalty and affection for each other. If we are to make our relationships successful, we have to be open to the warts-and-all world of human interaction and stay in communication with each other. Even siblings quibble over slights; what often holds the family bond together is the realization that the relationship has a shared history and that history holds many precious memories of trust, discretion and love. We, in turn, return to those memories and work at rebuilding our family ties. If you are motivated to rebuild/build relationships that matter, you must start from a foundation of consistent loyalty, true friendship and lasting trust. It is not an overnight affair. It takes time and holds tremendous value.

A Story: BigMouth Fox by Pedro Pablo Sacristán
Penguin, Reindeer and Fox were great friends. One day, Penguin and Reindeer found a load of fruit, and decided to keep it a secret. On the way, they met Fox, who seeing them so happy, asked them why. They told him they couldn’t say, because it was a secret, but Fox asked them to trust him, so they told him about the fruit.
When they arrived at the village, Fox forgot about his promise, and told everyone. When Penguin and Reindeer returned to the place where they had found the fruit, the animals of the village had already been there and eaten it all.
That same day, Penguin and Reindeer found another place full of food, and the same thing happened again with Fox. Angered by these betrayals, they decided to teach Fox a lesson. The next day they told Fox that they had found a lake so full of fish that no effort was needed to catch them. Fox again told everyone in the village about this. The next day, Fox came by, covered in cuts and bruises. After telling all the animals about the lake full of fish, everyone, including even the polar bears, had gone there. But, not finding anything, they felt deceived, and had given Fox a good beating.
Fox learned that keeping people’s trust is very important, and that to get it in the first place you have to earn it with loyalty and always keeping your word.
Penguin and Reindeer devised another trick for Fox but, as he was no longer a bigmouth, he did not betray them, and Penguin and Reindeer regained their faith in Fox, thus forgiving him.
Moral: About Trust, Loyalty and Discretion


“Loyalty to petrified opinion never yet broke a chain or freed a human soul.” Mark Twain

Motivation Mondays: LOYALTY

Motivation Mondays: LOYALTY

What aspect of LOYALTY sustains our relationships/friendships? Recently, a dear friend and I were reminiscing over our long and lasting friendship. We talked about the challenging times and the happy, joyful times we have shared over many years. One thing that has stood out for us in our friendship has always been our refusal to listen to gossip about each other. If you’ve lived long enough, you’d know that a fiery end to a friendship can begin with hurtful gossip so, we must be mindful about what we say to others and what we hear in return. You cannot be a true friend if you spend time saying nasty things about your friends behind their backs… If you are troubled by their behavior, have a face to face powwow and find a healthier way to mend those fences. When we are motivated by the right reasons to speak to our close and loved ones, we must be open to hear what we have done wrong too. It’s a two way street. Loyalty is not something we can claim immediately. Overnight won’t cut it. It has to be tested in the fire of life’s challenges and sharpened by the ups and downs of life events. Like Oprah said, you have to be willing to ride the bus with me when the limo varnishes… that is loyalty.

A Story: Where Did The Voices Go? by Pedro Pablo Sacristán
There was once a little boy who told tales about absolutely everything. Whenever anyone asked who had done this, or who had said that, the little boy jumped up and shouted out the guilty person’s name.
At his school the children ended up never speaking to each other; they were tired of the little boy using their words to tell tales. Because they no longer spoke, the children started to lose their voices, until no one could say anything at all.
This made things very boring for the little boy. He was left on his own, feeling lonely, and the others resented him for being the cause of everyone losing their voice…
Wondering what he could do to solve the problem, it occurred to him that he could become the one who asks the questions, and leaves them unanswered. This plan worked, and now that there were so many questions needing an answer, everyone’s voices gradually started working again. Even better, people became friendlier towards him for having cured them.
And so it was that he learned not to tell tales about everything. He realized it was much more fun to let others speak for themselves.
Moral: Loyalty, Friendship, the pain of Gossip


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“Total loyalty is possible only when fidelity is emptied of all concrete content, from which changes of mind might naturally arise.” Hannah Arendt

Motivation Mondays: LOYALTY

Motivation Mondays: LOYALTY

How do we learn/develop LOYALTY? Some of my memories of my Dad revolve around his friendships; both his business and personal relationships.  What I learned from an early age is that, for a relationship to thrive, your word must be your bond. Dad had long and trusting friendships and partnerships and he was always speaking highly of them and made every effort to support their goals and dreams. He did the same for us kids and for my extended family members and that is the truest sign of loyalty. If the only time we show loyalty is when we want something, we are being hypocritical and dishonest. For people who trade their friendships and relationships for trinkets, it does catch up with them. Over time, people can decipher a fake friendship and the rest is what leads to the abandonment of such connections. Loyalty is highly valued even when we don’t talk about it, hence, we must be vigilant about protecting our relationships and honoring the special bond we share. It will last a lifetime if nurtured. What are your experiences of loyalty? How has it manifested in your life? Come back for more on the subject.

A Story: The Fairy and the Shadow by Pedro Pablo Sacristán
A long, long time ago, before people and their cities filled the Earth, even before many things even had a name, there was a mysterious place that was guarded by the Fairy of the Lake. Fair and generous, each of her followers were ever willing to serve her. There was a time in which some evil beings threatened the lake and its surrounding forests, and the fairy’s followers joined her on a dangerous journey across rivers, swamps and deserts in search of the Crystal Stone, their only hope of being saved.
The fairy warned them of the dangers and difficulties that lay ahead, of how hard it would be to endure the whole journey, but none of her followers were afraid. They all promised to accompany her to wherever it was needed, and that same day the fairy and her fifty most loyal followers set out on their journey.
As it turned out, the voyage was even harder and more terrible than the fairy had imagined and warned them about. They were met by terrifying beasts. They had to march day and night, lost in deserts, hungry and thirsty. Faced by such adversity, many followers lost heart and abandoned the quest. Finally, only one remained, and his name was Shadow.
Shadow was by no means the bravest, he was not the best fighter, nor was he the most quick-witted or the most fun. However, what he did do was stay loyal to the fairy, right to the very end. Whenever the fairy asked Shadow why he had not done as the others and simply abandoned her, Shadow would always say, ‘I told you I would follow you in spite of all difficulties, and that is what I am doing. I am not going to turn my back on you just because the journey has been hard.’
Thanks to her loyal Shadow, the fairy finally managed to find the Crystal Stone. Unfortunately, there was a monster guarding the stone, and this monster was not about to give up the stone easily. At this, Shadow, in a final act of loyalty, offered himself in exchange for the stone. The monster accepted, and so Shadow spent the rest of his days in the monster’s service.
The powerful magic of the Crystal Stone meant that the fairy could return to the lake and make the evil beings disappear. But every night she would cry at the absence of her loyal Shadow, because from Shadow’s act of self-sacrifice had arisen a love stronger than any other.
And in memory of Shadow, and to show everyone the value of loyalty and commitment, the fairy presented every being on Earth with its own shadow during the day; but when nighttime comes all these shadows travel to the lake, to spend time with the sad fairy, and to try to console her for her loss.
Moral: Loyalty & Commitment in Friendship and Love


READ: Short Stories about Loyalty
READ: Underestimating Loyalty – Zen Stories

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Positive Motivation Tip: Loyalty is highly treasured, as is love and trust. Hold yours close to your heart

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140 Comments leave one →
  1. dimarino.6 permalink
    16/10/2017 6:55 pm

    i agree! loyalty is so hard to find and keep. many people do not have a sense of loyalty. thanks for sharing!

  2. Yes Missy permalink
    16/10/2017 6:58 pm

    Loyalty is so important in any relationship. It’s really closely tied to trust and both are needed to maintain any relationship.

  3. Shannon permalink
    16/10/2017 7:44 pm

    Great topic and and important message to teach our future generations. I in the teenaged years and I feel they could benifit from the value

  4. Cindy Gordon permalink
    16/10/2017 7:56 pm

    I’ve had a few friendships crumble because of a missed loyalty. Loyalty is a lost art in this day and age.

  5. Queens of Virtue permalink
    16/10/2017 8:03 pm

    “The foundation stones for balanced success are honesty, character, integrity, faith, love and loyalty” by Zig Ziglar is such a powerful quote.

  6. Debra Holloway permalink
    16/10/2017 9:20 pm

    These pictures are very interesting and some thought provoking.

  7. Kristine Nicole Alessandra permalink
    16/10/2017 11:01 pm

    Loyalty is a pretty big thing to give and receive. When I hear of the word all that comes to mind is the relationship between husband and wife where both parties should practice in order to make the relationship work.

  8. acraftymix permalink
    17/10/2017 12:55 am

    You know, I actually had to read that quote about loyalty by Mark Twain three times before it really sunk in. How profound. It really got the message across. Not only should we value loyalty but we should also make sure that our loyalty is not misplaced or blind. For me my biggest role models on what loyalty means would probably be our fur babies. They always stick by you no matter what. Kinda like the fairy and her shadow

  9. 17/10/2017 5:58 am

    Loyalty to me means someone who has my best interest at heart. They don’t need to always be on my side or choose the same path as me but just need to want the best for me.

  10. Kim Lee (@KimsCravings) permalink
    17/10/2017 6:05 am

    Loyalty is such an important quality to have. I love all of your thoughts on what it means to be loyal.

  11. Tanvi Rastogi (@Tanviidotcom) permalink
    17/10/2017 7:39 am

    You know I have always wondered about what I really think about ‘loyalty’ – While I do appreciate the emotion and the unconditional love behind it but I always want to be on the side of what I believe is correct and not let myself be influenced by loyalty.

  12. juelzjohn permalink
    17/10/2017 8:43 am

    I totally agree with you that Loyalty is not achieved overnight.It’s something that you cultivate with time
    I enjoyed reading that story too

  13. chewoutloud permalink
    17/10/2017 9:25 am

    I learned loyalty from my dad, too 🙂 He was pretty much always on my side when things got hard; I knew if I ever shared with him my struggles, he would be praying for me and be rooting for me. He never made me feel like it was all my fault or that I just needed to suck it up. I really appreciate him for that.

  14. dawnwairimu permalink
    17/10/2017 9:55 am

    for me, loyalty is such an integral part of relationships. i can’t imagine a strong, meaningful relationship without loyalty — and the same is true of non-romantic friendships too.

  15. Ithfifi permalink
    17/10/2017 11:11 am

    Loyalty is something I think I often forget about (I am insanely loyal) and it always takes me back when people do not act in the same way. Its something I assume everyone has and that comes natural to every person, this has landed me in awkward situations before because I trust until I am given a reason not to. I think you are right, I think we develope the ideals of trust at an early age and through our parents and their experiences!

    • 22/10/2017 11:28 am

      We do. I write about it as a topic but it is an inherent quality ingrained in some and not in others. We can work at it but it doesn’t come naturally to everyone. I agree.

  16. Courtney Blacher permalink
    17/10/2017 12:34 pm

    I totally agree with quote from Zig Ziglar. The key is to balance honesty, character, integrity, faith, love and loyalty!

  17. adkinsdomain permalink
    17/10/2017 2:19 pm

    Loyalty is important, it can make or break relationships and you don’t want to be the one to break a relationship. It is always hurtful and causes breaks apart peace and unity.

  18. DrKLeeBanks permalink
    17/10/2017 2:23 pm

    Another excellent post! 🙂 I first learned about loyalty and dedication from my parents, especially my Dad. No matter what came our way as a family while growing up, my Dad always remained loyal to God, to my Mom, to us kids, and to other family members and friends. He was really an ideal role model and the epitome of loyalty, right up to his imminent death due to lymphoma. Before he lapsed into a coma, he cautioned all of us not to be angry with God, but to prepare to meet Him ourselves some day – and look forward to some day being reunited with Dad.

    • 22/10/2017 11:26 am

      What a beautiful share. Your dad was a great guy. I see it reflected in you too. We all meet our maker some day and it is best to have stood for something.

  19. Ana De-Jesus permalink
    17/10/2017 2:35 pm

    Loyalty can often be a hard thing to obtain and when you do and something like a solid friendship breaks down it can make you question yourself. For me loyalty is someone who would go to the ends of the earth to support you no matter what.

    • 22/10/2017 11:24 am

      I completely agree. I see that in you and appreciate the quality. Sadly, it is not ubiquitous as some people are quick to trade it for shiny things.

  20. Gladys S Parker (@momtograndma) permalink
    17/10/2017 3:47 pm

    I appreciate Zig Ziglar, he is one of my favorites. I like the pictures you chose to use with this post. I think I finally realize what loyalty is and how many times I mistook it for something else. It is a characteristic not all share that is for sure.

  21. Mike permalink
    17/10/2017 4:07 pm

    Rebuilding after a relationship breaks down is really hard for most people to understand. Those on the outside who don’t get it often just expect the person who is hurt to flip a switch and be “OK” again. Sadly it’s not that simple.

  22. Samantha permalink
    17/10/2017 5:01 pm

    For me, loyalty is a huge factor for any relationship. Without it, relationships are meaningless. However, when people start wavering with loyalty, I have an issue cutting them off. It’s important for me to be loyal as well & that’s why I have a hard time cutting that off.

  23. Jocelyn permalink
    17/10/2017 6:39 pm

    I really enjoyed your post on loyalty. So interesting to read about people’s views and how people can differentiate.

  24. Kristen from The Road to Domestication permalink
    17/10/2017 6:45 pm

    I think somehow loyalty doesn’t mean the same to folks today as it used to in years past. At least, I’ve noticed that in my life. I still feel that I’m fiercely loyal – I just don’t think most people are, unfortunately.

    • 22/10/2017 11:29 am

      Yes, I remember how loyal my parents generation were to each other and their extended relationships. It has shifted a lot.

  25. Jhilmil permalink
    17/10/2017 6:55 pm

    Such an important aspect, Loyalty. Be it personal or professional relations, being loyal pays so much in the long run. Loved the way you’ve narrated it and brought out the Loyalty factor.

  26. Ania Ewelina permalink
    17/10/2017 8:59 pm

    Loyalty is so important to me, I think one’s entire relationship can be built and broken on loyalty. It’s important to be loyal and expect the same in return.

  27. Nawal permalink
    17/10/2017 10:24 pm

    I’ve had one best friend my entire life. Since we were in diapers and I wish at times, that I was more loyal to her. I don’t think I listened to gossip about her, I was just a stupid kid. She was there for me. She was as loyal as anybody can be and now that I know how rare that is, I would do anything for her.

  28. In and Out of Vegas permalink
    17/10/2017 11:13 pm

    I have such a close relationship with my parents and one sister. I know in this lifetime they will always be there for me. My sister is my best friend so when it comes to friendships, it takes a really long time for me to be completely trusting of someone outside of my family. The friends who I am loyal to have been in my life for YEARS and become my family as well. You are so right. It takes many years to develop and it is a give and take of communication, trust and openness.

    • 22/10/2017 11:31 am

      It is long term work… Overnight won’t cut it. It has to be tested in the fire of life’s challenges and sharpened by the ups and downs of life events. Like Oprah said, you have to be willing to ride the bus with me when the limo varnishes… that is loyalty! <3

  29. 조이 Czjai (@RebelSweetHrt) permalink
    17/10/2017 11:24 pm

    I must admit, I have trust issues. Having betrayed by people whom I loved and respected in the past made me a lot more wary about the people that I meet and encounter.

  30. Katie permalink
    18/10/2017 12:29 am

    To me. loyalty means being able to rely on my friends and family. This could include helping each other, working through differences, and making memories while building relationships. Everyone needs people in their lives they can trust.

  31. ktmommyscene permalink
    18/10/2017 12:31 am

    To me. loyalty means being able to rely on my friends and family. This could include helping each other, working through differences, and making memories while building relationships. Everyone needs people in their lives they can trust.

  32. Lyka permalink
    18/10/2017 12:34 am

    Wow, that is truly an inspiring story! I don’t think I have ever been so loyal or someone has ever been this loyal to me. I believe I haven’t reached that stage yet where I trust a person so much that I offer my loyalty to him. Maybe with family, it works that way. But for a certain person, not really.

  33. Frank permalink
    18/10/2017 12:38 am

    I think motivation monday is great idea because its the start of the week and everyone may be unmotivated after the weekend :)). Great work!

  34. Shubhada Bhide permalink
    18/10/2017 4:17 am

    I really love your motivation mondays. Nowadays, We need to be more loyal. So we can trust other people.

  35. Remy permalink
    18/10/2017 5:22 am

    Thanks for sharing. Very great article.

  36. Ashley (@AshBG) permalink
    18/10/2017 6:05 am

    Loyalty I feel is such an important factor when it comes to relationships and friendships. It’s definitely a trait I look for when connecting with people.

  37. Aditi permalink
    18/10/2017 6:07 am

    Every trait that you mentioned honesty, character, integrity, faith, love and loyalty are all supremely important for success. Great post!

  38. Stephanie Jeannot permalink
    18/10/2017 7:27 am

    Loyalty definitely is a key factor in
    Maintaining a relationship. When someone finds reasons to distrust your character, all he’ll breaks loose and the relationship starts to deteriorate.

  39. Keeping Up With Candy permalink
    18/10/2017 7:54 am

    Anyone who knows me knows I value loyalty more than anything. I’ve had so many ‘friends’ to do things behind my back that loyalty is a must in my life!

  40. RonRon permalink
    18/10/2017 8:42 am

    Loyalty is very important. You created such a beautiful post about its true value and importance.

  41. Alicia Taylor at permalink
    18/10/2017 9:27 am

    I consider myself loyal, but I try not to be “loyal to a fault.” I will not defend someone who is clearly in the wrong – even if it’s my child or friend.

  42. Shannon Graham permalink
    18/10/2017 9:27 am

    I take loyalty to friends, family, work, and all my commitments very seriously. I think it’s important to do so.

  43. Maryal permalink
    18/10/2017 10:15 am

    This is such a great post! I totally needed this today! Your words about loyalty really put relationship rifts into perspective. Thanks for posting!

    – Maryal

  44. lazygirlloves permalink
    18/10/2017 12:18 pm

    I really enjoyed reading your post. I agree trust in your word is vital for building relationships

  45. Via Bella permalink
    18/10/2017 12:20 pm

    This is so powerful. Right at a time that I am going through still the hardships of separation I read something that sums up how I feel. This is great. Thanks for affirming how loyalty is so important!

  46. Karlyn Cruz permalink
    18/10/2017 12:52 pm

    Sadly for some people, loyalty doesn’t exist within the family unit. However, you’re so right about it taking time. I’m not sure what to think of loyalty or how to describe it because I think it’s included in some personality trait of some sort. Definitely deep thoughts here.

    • 22/10/2017 11:19 am

      I agree Karlyn, some of the unpublished comments I got attest to what you said. For some, it washed right over their heads. For others, it resonated deeply. We are what we believe. We respond to what matters to us. It cannot be forced or feigned. That is life!

  47. Lebogang Xolo permalink
    18/10/2017 1:10 pm

    To me, loyalty is extremely important. What I have learned over the years though, is to tone down my expectations. Most people are loyal only until a certain extent.

  48. TheGracefulMist permalink
    18/10/2017 1:39 pm

    To me, loyalty is a commitment. It`s a choice we make to support something we find worthy of our time, effort, love, and care. Loyalty is one of the most precious traits one can have because of the high level of faith and hope it brings out in people.

    ❀ Grace ❀

  49. Gemille Sleweon permalink
    18/10/2017 2:29 pm

    Loyalty has been a trend in my life lately. Thanks for sharing this!

  50. Magen Golden permalink
    18/10/2017 2:36 pm

    Loyalty is so important in all relationships. I’m not sure why some people don’t fully understand this.

  51. rbekhajblog permalink
    18/10/2017 3:44 pm

    I really enjoyed this post. Loyalty is incredibly important to me and I believe it is essential for any type of relationship to succeed (whether that is with a partner or friend).

  52. GingerGoose Boutique permalink
    18/10/2017 7:54 pm

    Loyalty goes very deep for me. It means being there to support me, physically as well as emotionally. It means having the strength to be honest with me when I’m heading down a wrong path and it means also being there to help me back up when I do make a mistake. Loyalty takes strength and patience. Loyalty is something that is shared.

    • 22/10/2017 11:15 am

      Beautifully shared and it takes strength and courage to be loyal to another person. Some people don’t have the moral fiber or stamina to be loyal.

  53. Avenly Lane Travel (@Avenlylntravel) permalink
    19/10/2017 2:40 am

    Wow, there are so many amazing tips in this post. I truly believe that loyalty is the most important thing in a relationship.

  54. nessieray permalink
    19/10/2017 6:35 am

    Loyalty is so incredibly important in every relationship we have! I loved the little stories and their morals.

  55. lexieanimetravel permalink
    19/10/2017 7:51 am

    I’ve chosen the loyalty topic, cause it intringued me at the very first word, it’s normal to have loyalty to our parents since they were the first ones who were there for us, but there’s always a “but” I have experience where one of my relative committed a crime, I was tangled between being loyal to my family relatives for defending a member or loyal to my own principle, I ended up hating the person, cause of whatever blood bond we have that member still did a wrong thing against law.

    • 22/10/2017 11:14 am

      True. They tarnished that bond and you were drawn into a moral dilemma. It is never easy. I hope you made a decision that spoke to your heart.

  56. Ana Ojha permalink
    19/10/2017 8:03 am

    I feel that loyalty is an integral component of any healthy and successful relationship. Always give your 100% to any relationship and if you’re not getting that 100% from the other person, just move away! I also liked the story by Pedro Pablo Sacristán!

    • 22/10/2017 11:12 am

      Precisely… when the very bond that held it together is broken, it takes a lot of effort to rebuild it. However, both parties must agree to mend those fences.

  57. Maria Carbone permalink
    19/10/2017 10:09 am

    I believe loyalty is SO important. I really think without it, you’re just a waste of a person.

  58. bonjourzoe permalink
    19/10/2017 3:41 pm

    Such an inspiring post! Loyalty is so important in life. When it comes to friends, I always think it’s better to have a handful of really loyal ones than a whole room of acquaintances! Love your post as usual. Thank you so much for sharing x

    • 22/10/2017 11:13 am

      I say that to my kids all the time… My dad used to say that all we need are a handful of loyal friends in this lifetime… the rest we can appreciate who who they are.

  59. Jojo Hua permalink
    19/10/2017 4:32 pm

    This is so true. I never stopped to think about it but loyalty really does take time to build up, just like trust. It isn’t built overnight. I guess that’s a good thing for us humans though, to see the proof first before we trust or become loyal.

  60. Fred permalink
    19/10/2017 4:58 pm

    I never would have thought of a knot to be a symbol for loyalty, but you are right on point. A knot is security we can count on, just like loyalty of people we trust.

  61. lucicoo permalink
    19/10/2017 10:48 pm

    Loyalty is key in any type of a relationship either in a friend relationship or a loving relationship. If you don’t have that it won’t work out.

  62. jake smith - permalink
    20/10/2017 6:35 am

    Loyalty is a huge thing for me personally. I always strive to be true to my words and actions so I expect it be done the same to me. I respect people who are loyal and can stand with what they are committed to. –

  63. Rahul Khurana permalink
    20/10/2017 7:50 am

    What an amazing read. Loved the story “WHere did the voices go?’ It is true loyalty comes when there are faith and love. It’s a gradual process. And the best thing you mentioned about loss of faith is the gossips that go around. We should get up from a place where there are unnecessary gossips and backbiting.

    • 22/10/2017 11:10 am

      True. We need to grow up to the meaning and value of our friendships. Loyalty demands that level of trust and respect.

  64. Kristine Nicole Alessandra permalink
    20/10/2017 11:28 am

    For me, loyalty is a huge commitment. It is being steadfast in your choice. Nowadays it is so easy to let go of loyalty because of the many factors around us that do nothing but set you off the course.

  65. Ruthie Ridley (@RuthieRidley) permalink
    20/10/2017 12:48 pm

    Love this Monday Motivation. My favorite part is the discussion about loyalty

  66. fashionandstylepolice permalink
    20/10/2017 1:15 pm

    I like the message behind this post. When it comes to any type of relationship, your word really has to be your bond to make it work.

  67. 20/10/2017 4:39 pm

    I love the display of friendships and loyalty in these pics. Loyalty brings people together and makes them happier.

  68. rochkirstin permalink
    20/10/2017 6:40 pm

    Love comes with loyalty and it’s very important to sustain any relationship. I think of it now mostly in the corporate setting. Many employees come and go but those who are truly loyal with stay with the company for as long as it lives.

  69. Adaleta Avdić permalink
    20/10/2017 9:16 pm

    I struggled a lot with finding loyalty in people after some bad relationships, is is important to find people you trust and who will be loyal to you!

  70. Sian Lifts Weights permalink
    20/10/2017 9:19 pm

    What a beautiful story, so well written about the red fairy! I love these posts, always so different and inspiring.

  71. Garf permalink
    21/10/2017 11:11 am

    I definitely need motivation not just on Mondays but every day of the week.

  72. helench1k permalink
    21/10/2017 4:18 pm

    Such a great post on how having loyalty is so important in our lives. All relationships that we build are based on loyalty and without it our lives would be meaningless.

    Helen xx

  73. stephaniebatz permalink
    21/10/2017 6:02 pm

    Love the inspiration in the post. Especially like the Mark Twain quote you shared!

  74. Medha Verma permalink
    21/10/2017 8:49 pm

    Loyalty is certainly the most important aspect of a relationship! There’s nothing without trust, and it’s not just in romantic relationships but even with friends. Just like you say, refusing to listen to any gossip about your friend, clearly shows you respect them and they can trust you on that, making them secure in your relationship, Good points here.

  75. Shannon permalink
    22/10/2017 9:02 pm

    Having suffered a fair many hurts in my past loyalty is something that is very important to me and trust is really the foundation.

  76. tinahogangrant permalink
    22/10/2017 10:24 pm

    Loyalty should come naturally if you love and respect the person you are being loyal to. You want to be there for them through the good times and the bad time because you care about them. My father taught me this, I watched him with my mother. He adored her and it showed. I feel I am the say way, I am loyal to those that mean something to me, I know and trust and I truly care about them

  77. mariamagdalenahusain (@momanddiy) permalink
    22/10/2017 11:57 pm

    I like it! Your post is good reading. I always enjoy reading your post

  78. Sondra Barker permalink
    23/10/2017 1:44 am

    Truly inspiring. Loyalty is my most important trait.

    Sondra xx

  79. Sangeetha permalink
    23/10/2017 2:37 am

    What a beautiful post! Loyalty is indeed a precious gem, giving it utmost respect and love is the only way to keep it alongside all the life

  80. platformsandpacifiers permalink
    23/10/2017 5:18 am

    Love this challenges theme! Loyalty is SUCH a strong and powerful emotion, act and feeling. It’s hard to put into words or even photos but you did a great job of conveying it!

  81. keisha1989 permalink
    23/10/2017 5:45 am

    For me loyalty is a big thing and it really bothers me when people don’t act the same way. It really has to be an action you want to do and not forced. Trust is also very important as well.

  82. Annette Dattilo permalink
    23/10/2017 9:38 am

    Great post. Loyalty is soooo important. It communicates that we have there back and won’t give up on them no matter what.

  83. Life is a Hotel permalink
    23/10/2017 11:11 am

    Hi, me there is no love, friendship or any kind of relationship without loyalty.
    But before I will be loyal to someone I want to be loyal to myself, my point of views and my plans for life.

    Kasia Walkow

  84. MartiniWithinReach permalink
    23/10/2017 1:56 pm

    I think loyalty is beautiful but tricky. To me it is trust, if you can trust, you have the capacity to become loyal, but if you don’t have trust there’s no loyalty. You can trust without being loyal, but you cannot be loyal if you do not have trust. Loyalty to me is a second level commitment, it takes trust to the next level.

  85. pamela permalink
    23/10/2017 2:05 pm

    Loyalty is so important to me that I think I often forget that it isn’t to others & end up disappointed.

  86. Our Mini Family (@ourminifamily) permalink
    23/10/2017 3:56 pm

    Wait, yesterday was National Chocolate Day?! ARGH how did I miss this?! 🙁 Maybe I’ll go out and buy some candy and celebrate belated lol

  87. Shell permalink
    23/10/2017 7:19 pm

    To me loyalty means having complete trust in someone and knowing they will always stand by you ….

  88. Agnes permalink
    23/10/2017 7:47 pm

    Loyalty is a key component for any relationship. Its a blessing to have people in your life that are loyal and will not let outside influences affect the relationship. I am glad to have that.

  89. Blair Villanueva permalink
    23/10/2017 9:10 pm

    Loyalty without trust is useless. Both goes hand-in-hand, to makes it meanigful.

  90. Angela Milnes permalink
    24/10/2017 2:27 am

    Wow, I love to read this and such an Inspiring post loyalty is the most important in the relationship.

  91. Rosey permalink
    24/10/2017 2:30 am

    Gossip cuts like a knife. And loyalty matters, a lot. I used to cover my ears and say, ‘la la la’ if my co-workers were gossiping. They’d laugh but they’d quit talking. 🙂

  92. Shawna permalink
    24/10/2017 4:08 am

    Crazy enough, the older that I have gotten, the less tolerant I have become to those who do not have the same loyalty toward me.

  93. shelly permalink
    24/10/2017 7:05 am

    Loyalty is a big one with me. If you break my trust, it’s hard for me to remain friends with you.

  94. Jane permalink
    24/10/2017 12:36 pm

    loyalty is hugely important to me. My mother says the my dad and his family are loyal to a fault. Which I always thought was silly, that you can’t be faulted for being loyal. But it’s true. Loyalty can and sometimes should be lost if someone betrays that strict loyalty.

  95. Sandra Roberts permalink
    24/10/2017 2:35 pm

    The things I tried to teach my daughter when she was young were respect, loyalty and dedication. She’s managed to keep it all in her life! I love how loyal she is to her friends and how she respects everyone! Her dedication to being a mom is wonderful to see! I’m so happy she listened to me and didn’t stray like so many other kids do.

  96. Sandra @ Modern Day Gramma permalink
    24/10/2017 2:37 pm

    I taught my daughter at a young age about loyalty, respect and dedication. She’s a dedicated wonderful mother, she respects everyone and is a very loyal friend. I’m very happy she listened to me and didn’t stray as so many kids do.

  97. waitingforrain28 permalink
    24/10/2017 3:20 pm

    Loyalty is a hard one. I think for my it really pertains most to people, as I don’t think it is worth being loyal to brands or companies. When it comes to people, it is all about being there for them- that solid rock of support and love.

  98. ayeshafarhad permalink
    24/10/2017 4:00 pm

    I do believe that loyalty in relationships doesnt just come from not cheating. Loyalty also needs to be in the vows that are taken together when getting married. If the general lifestyle doesnt have the loyalty essence then the relationship loses its charm!

  99. MP Pineda permalink
    24/10/2017 8:10 pm

    Loyalty is vital to any relationships. I don’t have a loyal father since he left us when we were little but that experience makes me want to be loyal to my husband, family, and friends.

  100. Words of a Texas Nerd permalink
    25/10/2017 12:47 pm

    It is funny that I see this post today. Last night, my husband and I discussed loyalty. In my eyes and experience, it has been a curse. I find myself hurt because of it far too often. I’m loyal to those I love and care for, and often, that trust I have in someone has been broken. Sometimes to the point of being irreparable. It drives me sometimes to want to do things that are not called for, but as a loyal friend or family member, I want to do. It can be a powerful force.

  101. Cassandra Rose permalink
    26/10/2017 5:13 pm

    Loyalty is super important in any relationship, even platonic ones! Nothing hurts more than trusting someone you’re really close to only to find out that they broke that trust.

  102. ktmommyscene permalink
    26/10/2017 11:58 pm

    I love the photos you picked to describe loyalty. The heart, rose, and the knot. To me loyalty means love, commitment, being able to rely on someone, and possibly stuck with someone (tied together).

  103. Preet@thevelvetlife permalink
    27/10/2017 3:59 am

    What an excellent post. I agree loyalty is not earned overnight but it takes time to build. On the other hand, it can be broken in a moment. It is the most important aspect of a relationship, it can have a different meaning for different people. Being loyal and expecting it back is what I am. Your posts are so interesting and thought-provoking.

  104. Pooja Kawatra Gupta permalink
    30/10/2017 8:32 am

    Loyalty is often mistaken and taken for granted but i feel it comes with the love and affection in any relationship. It is a huge commitment and can make things so beautiful.

  105. Corinne and Kirsty permalink
    03/11/2017 4:21 am

    I think loyalty is really important in any kind of relationship. It is something that is long and hard to build but so rewarding in the end. However, when you break it, you do it for good so it is something that needs to be nurtured.

  106. Calvin permalink
    30/07/2018 10:21 am

    Nice description of loyalty. I think it’s one of the many things.

  107. Lyosha Varezhkina (@lyoshathegirl) permalink
    30/09/2018 6:39 am

    Being loyal to people close to you and to yourself sure is virtue and is important for each both giving and having. Once again pure inspiration from you!


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