Having loyal friends who you can trust and rely on is one of the most precious blessings we can be afforded here in our mortal life. Our loyal friends are as valuable to us as an arm or a leg, and losing them makes life extremely difficult. In thinking about loyalty I think it is good to not forget that it is a two way street. We do not merit the loyalty of another if we ourselves are not loyal. Trust and common purpose lie at the core of loyalty and trusting relationships require an equality in order to exist.
In Spanish the word “loyal” is translated as “leal” and when translated back into English “leal” is often interpreted as “true.” The fight song of my Alma Mater has a line that says, “loyal, strong, and true…” Those who know me, know that one of my favorite quotes of all time is from Shakespeare’s Hamlet when Polonius says:
This above all: to thine own self be true, And it must follow, as the night the day, Thou canst not then be false to any man.
While we’re on the subject here is a definition –
loyal: Date: 1531
1: unswerving in allegiance: as a : faithful in allegiance to one’s lawful sovereign or government b : faithful to a private person to whom fidelity is due c : faithful to a cause, ideal, custom, institution, or product
2 : showing loyalty
3 obsolete : lawful, legitimate
synonyms see faithful
— loy·al·ly ˈlȯi-ə-lē adverb
“Unswerving in allegiance;” to me that’s a grand and noble characteristic. I hope that I might be able to develop greater loyalty to the causes that life is all about. I also hope that I might be able to attract loyal people into my life and be worthy of that loyalty.