“The older I get, the more I value loyalty. You can fool me with kindness, but loyalty speaks for itself.”
-Kristen Butler

What is loyalty? The textbook definition is giving firm and constant support to someone.

While I agree with that definition, I tend to word it a little differently. To me, loyalty is best described as long-term support in the time of need and despair.

Anyone would be willing to share in your moments of happiness. A number of people may help you in the early stages of grief.

However, turn those early stages of grief into a prolonged period and you’ll be left with a lot less people by your side. To me, it’s at that point that you can see who’s genuinely loyal.

I also feel that a strong element of loyalty is giving up something for someone. Not necessarily something tangible like a car or a house but something like sleep at 3 AM just to talk to you if you need it.

So the next time you doubt someone’s loyalty, ask your self these questions:

How long have I had their support and have they seen me at my worst and still there?

Answer those questions and you’ll have a much clear picture of who’s loyal and who’s not.

How would you define loyalty? Have you ever felt hurt or betrayed by someone you thought was loyal to you? On the flip side, have you ever been pleasantly surprised at someone’s support? Share your thoughts and experiences by commenting below.

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