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The Lost Art Of Loyalty, By DL Banks
 
It gives me great strength to have somebody to fight for; I can fight for myself, but, for others I love, I can kill.
 
I belong to the people I love, and they belong to me they, and the love and loyaty I give them, form my identity far more than any word or group ever could. Your truest friends are the ones who will stand by you in your darkest moments because they’re willing to brave the shadows with you and in your greatest moments because they’re not afraid to let you shine. True friends are those who came into your life, saw the most negative part of you, but are not ready to leave you, no matter how contagious you are to them. Better to have one good woman on your side than ten men.
 
We have to recognize that there cannot be relationships unless there is commitment, unless there is loyalty, unless there is love, patience, persistence. People leave imprints on our lives, shaping who we become in much the same way that a symbol is pressed into the page of a book to tell you who it comes from. Dogs, however, leave paw prints on our lives and our souls, which are as unique as fingerprints in every way. I may be stupid, as you say, to believe in honor and friendship and loyalty without price. But these are virtues to be cherished, for without them we are no more than beasts roaming the land. I will never compromise Truth for the sake of getting along with people who can only get along when we agree.
 
Loyalty cannot be blueprinted. It cannot be produced on an assembly line. In fact, it cannot be manufactured at all, for its origin is the human heart the center of self-respect and human dignity. It is a force which leaps into being only when conditions are exactly right for it — and it is a force very sensitive to betrayal. If a man asks me for my loyalty…I will give him my honesty. If a man asks me for my honesty…I will give him my loyalty. It was a lesson most people learned much earlier; that even friendship could have an undisclosed shelf life. That loyalty and affection, so consuming and powerful, could dissipate like fog. Your friends will believe in your potential, your enemies will make you live up to it.
 
Very often the test of one’s allegiance to a cause or to a people is precisely the willingness to stay the course when things are boring, to run the risk of repeating an old argument just one more time, or of going one more round with a hostile or, much worse indifferent audience. Fame is not so impossible for people with charisma, passion and talent. Being famous just means you have fans, and even one or two is enough to make you someone special. Ask a music fan who the best guitarist of all time is, and while one group insists that it was Jimmi Hendrix, another group swears that it was Eddie Van Halen instead. There will never be a time when everyone on this planet agrees on something like that, but luckily that’s not important. All that matters is that both sides remain loyal, which they will assuming you continue to be who you are and do your thing. This is all that you need to be immortalized.
 
Avoid those who seek friends in order to maintain a certain social status or to open doors they would not otherwise be able to approach. It’s a good sign but rare instance when, in a friendship, you find that the more you learn about the other person, the more you continue to desire them. A sturdy bond delights in that degree of youthful intrigue. Indians believe their ain’t but two sins… being a coward… and turning against your own kind and friends. Loyalty is a continuous phenomenon, you don’t score points for past action.
 
When you have a good friend that really cares for you and tries to stick in there with you, you treat them like nothing. Learn to be a good friend because one day you’re gonna look up and say I lost a good friend. Learn how to be respectful to your friends, don’t just start arguments with them and don’t tell them the reason, always remember your friends will be there quicker than your family. Learn to remember you got great friends, don’t forget that and they will always care for you no matter what. Always remember to smile and look up at what you got in life. If put to the pinch, an ounce of loyalty is worth more than a pound of percieved cleverness. Loyalty is a characteristic trait. Those who have it, give it free of charge.
 
Where the battle rages, there the loyalty of the soldier/friend is proved.

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