MONDAY: Loyalty can be defined as a feeling of faithfulness and allegiance, or a feeling or attitude of devoted attachment and affection. Loyalty is an attitude of attachment that results in actions beneficial towards another or others. I believe loyalty is looking out for those we love, even when they don't like it. TUESDAY: The idea of loyalty might seem a bit 'old fashioned' and might even conjure up images of knights in shining armor and 'loyal subjects' bowing to a king or queen. As humans we all rely on everybody working together so that we can live happily and healthily. So, being loyal to a friend can be something as simple as never gossiping about them and always defending them against other peoples' unpleasant comments. Being loyal also means that we are always 'true to our word' and if we promise to do something or be somewhere then we try our hardest to fulfill that promise and always be on time. WEDNESDAY: Loyalty is when we recognize the importance of the connections that we have with others and then acting in a way that not only protects those connections but also strengthens them. Being loyal might mean that we have to put other people's best interests before our own; in other words we might have to sacrifice something to protect the bonds that we share with others and value so much. THURSDAY: It can be harder to be loyal when circumstances change and people change; for example you might find that you are enjoying spending time with a new friend more than an old friend. It's very easy to forget our loyalties in these situations but we must be careful not to shun our old friend. FRIDAY (Veteran's Day): One of the Seven Core Army Values is loyalty. It is described as bearing true faith and allegiance to the US Constitution, the Army, your unit, and other Soldiers. Being a member of our military means believing in and devoting yourself to something or someone. A loyal Soldier is one who supports the leadership and stands up for fellow Soldiers. Our Veterans willingly signed up to serve their country, defend our freedoms, and were aware that it could cost them everything, up to and including their life. There is no greater form of loyalty.
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