L – Loyal and Lazy

I am fortunate to have some awesome people in my life.  They are people I trust to do the right thing.  I know their character.  I understand their values.  I appreciate the way they treat others.  I am humbled by the way they treat me.

To these people, I am intensely loyal.  This is not a testament to my character, but to the character of those whom I have placed my trust.  I do not walk on loyalty’s surface but dive deep into her chasms.  They have my open honesty and my commitment to always keep their best interests in the top of my head.

I appreciate the people who don’t believe me to be lazy. Honestly, it is a trait I battle with.  Especially when the Law and Order  marathon is on.  There are few things that appeal to me more than a couch, a remote, and a blanket. Granted, I don’t succumb to that desire (too often), but that doesn’t mean I am not lazy.  It just means I am practiced in going against the grain when it is the right thing to do.

Understanding Both is Important

Lazy can kill loyal.  Loyalty requires effort and dedication.  It demands priority and consideration.  In order to be loyal to those I have committed to, action is required.  It is not a passive process.  If I allow my lazy tendencies to take hold, the demonstration of my loyalty is diminished.

*Photo credit to Eskimo North

Comments

  1. You make some really fine points here…I think I do the same (battle laziness) but never tried to articulate it.

    And it’s always a great reminder that being loyal is an action, not just a feeling…

  2. loyal is an action, not just a feeling…

    Perfectly said.

  3. Hi April

    You’re like Liz, you paint with words! IMHO the best ‘description’ of trust and loyalty I’ve ever read – and agree on.

    You make it sound simple 😉

    Karin H. (Keep It Simple Sweetheart, specially in business)

  4. April

    You’ve been tagged for the “Does Most Leadership Suck Challenge”. Check the link for details.

    Take care…

    JMW

  5. Thanks Karin – Your pretty awesome yourself! My toes giggle whenever my name is in the same sentence as Liz 🙂

  6. Alrighty there Mr. John W. McKenna…you should at least say hello and maybe introduce yourself a little before plopping such a cerebral task in my lap 😉

    But, your closing was nice, and your challenge is terribly interesting. I accept! But…this is going to take a minute – you have sparked an internal debate in my brain – thanks 😛

  7. People some how think I’m this machine of efficiency but it’s a constant battle not to cuddle on the couch and watch Idol. Fall is difficult because I’m actually addicted to TV- thank God for DVR (no commercials) and laptops (mutli-tasking king). I’m glad you can relate- thanks for confessing!!!

    The hardest part of life for me is the NON-WORK loyalty… I spend most of my effort on work when not with the kids, so personal emails, calling family, scrapbooking memories, etc. falls to the side, you know?


    Winnie the Pooh said it best, “If you live to be 100, I hope I live to be 100 minus 1 day, so I never have to live without you.” Talk about loyalty!

  8. Laziness. (Sigh). How can you love and hate something equally? I feel like that about laziness.

    It’s probably a good thing that life doesn’t let me settle into that “groove” on the couch with the remote and a big bowl of Froot Loops…

    Love your writing style, April!

  9. Lani – Hmmm….Idol – I feel my brain shutting down just thinking about it – even though last season was such a disappointment…I will watch like my life depended on it 🙂

    Who doesn’t love Pooh…I have got to find a book for you “The Tao of Pooh.” Have you read it?

    Pete – where have you been and why haven’t I found your “daddy” blog before now. Never mind, your here now and I am studying the Aussie ABCs very hard. I have a five year move to Australia plan that my hubby swears is nothing more than me joking around…wait till he finds a for sale sign in our yard and his butt next to me on a plane 🙂

    Mmmm…fruit loops. Love them but they hurt the roof of my mouth – I’ll opt for fruity pebbles 🙂

    Glad you’re here!

  10. Tao? It’s in a box in the garage somewhere… I worked 7 summers in my family’s children’s bookstore and used to bring home special orders of Tao and give them as gifts- it’s a MUST have!

    Btw, don’t move to Austrialia 🙁 My aunt & uncle (who were kind of my surrogate parents) who closed their bookstore to make a “temporary” move to New Zealand 4 years ago are never coming back… stay!!! If you need new scenery, come fall in love with Austin!!!!

  11. “Fruity Pebbles”??? We don’t get them here; can you bring some with you when you move over here? Please!!??! 😉

  12. No Fruity Pebbles!?! I may have to rethink this move to Australia…

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