February 10: Loyalty

I think that loyalty is important to give to the important people in our lives.  In thought, word, and deed, we can choose to do this for anyone.  Sticking up for people when they are not present will send a message to others as to what kind of person we are, just like talking trash about someone when they are not present will send a message telling others what kind of person we are.

The thing about gossip, is that when we participate in it, and talk negatively about someone when that other person isn’t present, it tells people we are sharing gossip with that when they are no longer present we will probably do the same to them.  This doesn’t engender trust or loyalty between us and that person.  It does the opposite.

When we stick up for someone when they aren’t present simply by saying something like, “Let’s not talk about them when they aren’t even around to verify the facts or defend themselves,” it leads others to believe we will do the same for them, and if we habituate this practice, we will.  They will quickly realize we are a loyal, respectful, transparent, up front type of person, and most people will immediately appreciate this consistent practice that quickly becomes a habit.

Today’s challenge for myself:  Today I will choose to strengthen the bonds of trust between myself and others by choosing not to talk about them in a negative manner when they aren’t present.  I will focus on being loyal, respectful, and up front.  If I have something to say about someone, I will have the courage to say it to their face.

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