the quality of being loyal to someone or something a strong feeling of support or allegiance
“When confronted with a challenge, the committed heart will search for a solution. The undecided heart searches for an escape” – Andy Andrews
For the Parent::Battle Cry
When loyalty is discussed, the conversation usually revolves around loyalty to a cause, a person, a team or perhaps an organization. And for good reason - the various objects of our loyalty are incredibly important (something that we will discuss at length later this month!). Something rarely discussed however, is the fact that loyalty is the key component in other positive traits like diligence. #Loyalty is the key component in other positive traits like diligence. This is because at its core, loyalty is all about commitment. The lack of loyalty in our modern culture is undeniable, but by teaching your Warrior Poet the importance of commitment now, you will equip them for years to come. Loyalty is a character quality that will continue to pay dividends as they learn how to commit to their beliefs, their schoolwork, their relationships, their careers, and their marriages!"
For your Son::Call to Arms
Commitment can be hard. Really hard. But if it were easy, everyone would be doing it, right? The Warrior Poet is loyal, not because it’s easy, but because it’s the right thing to do. The Warrior Poet is loyal, not because it’s easy, but because it’s the right thing to do. Imagine that you feel very strongly about something because you know that it’s right. Then, you overhear some friends talking about it and they clearly have a different opinion. How would you react? Do you change your position? Or, what if you told your little brother last week that you’d help him with a school project today, but a friend invites you to come over this afternoon after school. What do you tell your friend? The loyal Warrior Poet doesn’t change his beliefs or commitments based upon the opinions of others, The loyal Warrior Poet doesn’t change beliefs or commitments based upon the opinions of others. and once he has made a commitment, he always keeps his word! Once a Warrior Poet has made a commitment, he always keeps his word!
Sometime this weekend, ask your son to write down some examples of commitments he has made in the past – both commitments he’s kept and ones he’s failed to keep. How does he feel about both of those commitments? Keep in mind the purpose of this activity isn’t to scold him for his past failures, but to provide an opportunity to help him realize that it feels good to keep commitments and do the right thing. Afterward, discuss current commitments he has made and come up with a game plan to help keep him accountable.