My parents are great parents. I just realized, it’s ok to say that. And not in a bragging social media way. But to really think about the subtle things they did, how they reacted in situations and their overall demeanor. I see that it was true. Growing up, I learned kindness and choosing right from wrong, from them. They worked hard. Stayed away from gossip. I am blessed to have grown up with the parents I did. Being a parent, I see how hard it can be to show good character and be a shining example. They never were manipulative. They didn’t form division between my sister and I. They didn’t compared us. It really was a peaceful home overall. It definitely was not perfect, but what family is? Through some of the rough times and seeing them work through issues gave me a visual of what loyalty looks like in a marriage.
Thinking back, I also see that playing basketball and volleyball in high school taught me many great character qualities as well. Among them was, loyalty. My coaches pushed our teams to sacrifice what would be easy, to instead, do what was hard. And to not just do it for ourselves, but for the sake of the team. By being loyal to the team, we had many play-offs and competitive competitions that went in our favor. Our coaches also never pitted players against one another, but worked with the strengths of each individual girl. I had great coaches.
When taking a few minutes to ponder the word loyalty- it makes me think about marriage commitment, being a respectful worker, keeping my word, serving my family, giving my all for the team, and encouraging others.
I am seeing so many areas in life where being a loyal wife, loyal mother, loyal friend, loyal worker and loyal teammate really says so much about your character and produces such positive outcomes in the lives of others around you.
If you want to be fulfilled with your life and you want to make a great name for yourself and those associated with you, then learn what it means to be loyal.
I made a list of ways that show others your loyalty to them, the team, a grade, or the workplace. By these simple actions and reactions you prove to them you are one that can be considered loyal and who they can trust. (By the way, I am still working on some of these.) Continue reading