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Ponderings: On Loyalty

Updated on September 4, 2016
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With a Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN) from University of Pennsylvania in 1985, Maria uses a love for music in working with others.

Project Good Words
Project Good Words | Source

My Inspiration

n 2014, Jo_Goldsmith11 took it upon herself to initiate the Light2Love Project Good Words.

Jo pledged to use good words and publish articles used to empower, encourage, support and defend those who need to be shown love.

Jo offered us a good word for each week to focus our thoughts, behaviors and actions on...In the 19th week, Jo wrote her perspective on the word loyalty.

However, as 2014 came to an end, Jo filed away her Good Word articles - as she begins the process of publishing it in e-book'. Shyron E. Shenko continues to write a beautiful poem to accompany each Good Word to inspire and lead us.

The ripple effect of the Good Words Project throughout the HubVille community has been heartwarming.

Please join me with some of my musical thoughts and reflections on the word loyalty...

Queen: Friends Will Be Friends

The Drifters: Stand By Me

For me, loyalty brings up a kaleidoscope of memories and insights from my childhood and professional / life experiences. My basic views on loyalty haven't changed over my life:'

Loyalty rules when the chips are down. Family and friends stick together.

Keep your word and only make promises you can keep.

A handshake is a sign of commitment.

Actions speak louder than words.

I entered adulthood with a strong foundation of ethics and moral principles thanks to my parents and early teachers.

I view loyalty as the decent and honorable way to behave in most situations, extending beyond the family into friend and work settings.

I have a need to protect those I care for in the same way I had been protected during my childhood.

Death Cab For Cutie: I Will Follow You Into The Dark

Ever Loyal

Aunt Baby and Alvin
Aunt Baby and Alvin | Source
Andy Jordan, Can I help...?
Andy Jordan, Can I help...? | Source

My Fur Angels...

In 1999, I had a long journey between trauma and recovery. My fur angels, Alvin and Aunt Baby, walked with me every step of the way with their unconditional love and loyalty.

After discharge from the hospital four weeks later, Alvin, my 5 yo Black Labrador, knew he could no longer dance with Mommy. He was, however, my constant companion during the recovery process. His facial expressions were so loyal and calming.

From the moment we brought Aunt Baby home as a puppy in June, 2004, she took on the role as Momma's loyal sidekick - always up for an adventure or just hanging out.

At times, we are at a loss for how to help someone we love who is going through something we cannot fix, whether a death, a divorce, an unspeakable trauma, rape, etc...

I believe, that to sit quietly with someone in pain, in the presence of a pet can offer more comfort than you can imagine.

Sometimes there are no answers. Sometimes we need to focus on the present and something that is all about goodness and acceptance. It reminds us that tomorrow will come.

And today Andy is ready to take over to provide the same loyalty and support whenever needed. He has a beautiful blend of protectiveness and affection - filled with a healthy dose of mischief. ♥

Five Tufts (of Hair)
Five Tufts (of Hair) | Source

“Five Tufts” (of Hair)

... represents loyalty and adroitness.

I recently found this South African symbol, which promptly reminded me of my dear cyber-Sistas, Martie Coetser and Vicki Warner (who now resides in Canada) in particular...

“This symbol is said to be the hairstyle of joy. It also represents the devotion and faithfulness one displays when doing a task required of one. In addition, mpuannum means loyalty or the embodiment of lofty duty to a desired goal.” – W. Bruce Willis, The Adinkra Dictionary

Loyalty is but one of the many Good Words that Jo Goldsmith showcases in this project...but with the circle of support that is present in this HubVille community, word cannot help but spread.

What do you link, I mean think, ...(LOL)?!

© Maria Jordan (December, 2014)


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