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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Five Minute Friday: Loyal

This weeks Five Minute Friday blog link party word is Loyal. The theme of this link up is to write on the topic for five minutes.

I've been trying to think about what it means to be loyal and if being loyal to someone means not being loyal to someone else and how sometimes that line can blur. The easiest way to think about how to be loyal is how to be loving. Of course, in marriage, loyal means the obvious but when I think about other types of relationships being loyal looks differently.

People change and loyalties will change with them. People's perceptions of the relationships they have may differ from that of the people on the other end of the relationship.

When I think of loyalty I think of the Real Housewives and how no ones loyalty towards another housewife can stand the test of time. There's always hope for us viewers that maybe this friendship will last and we want it to but they never do.

7 comments:

  1. We love to watch shows like Real Housewives and think we are so much better, but the truth is that things like loving and loyalty in real life can be tricky. And yes, things look different on both sides of a relationship. Such good things to think about this week.

    Amber, right behind you on FMF this week

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  2. I appreciate how you tied in loyalty with love. We were on similar thoughts in our writing this week. They do go hand in hand. Your thoughts and words blessed me, and I'm thankful you shared them! Happy Friday (or almost)!

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  3. Good thoughts, Jen.

    I look at loyalty this way. I don't know you, but I see your heart in your words, see your family in the heading photo. If someone said, "You've got to die for these people", I would not hesitate. Death does not bother me. Shirking duty does.

    See, it's not loyalty to a friend I have never met, not really. It's loyalty to the principle that what you show in that lovely, haunting picture is the only thing that, to a combat veteran, is worth dying for. To protect that life, that innocence, that joy.

    Call it melodramatic, but that's the honest truth. Ask any professional shooter.

    #2 at FMF this week

    http://blessed-are-the-pure-of-heart.blogspot.com/2016/08/your-dying-spouse-199-phoenix-rising-fmf.html

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  4. your comparison of the loyalty in marriage vs. the loyalty to friends is interesting. it also shows the challenge of the commitment we make when we marry. this is the one person we are to be deeply loyal to for life! friendships often come and go for a variety of reasons. this is one that is designed to stay...no matter what challenges come along. no wonder we make that promise in the presence of GOD! only He can help us keep it...or come close to keeping it.

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  5. Nice to meet you, Jen. I like how you pointed out that different relationships require different levels of loyalty. Lately, I've been discovering that it's also ok to let some friendships transition into different phases or seasons, sometimes deeper, sometimes not. We can't force loyalty from others - we can only BE loyal.
    Your photos are beautiful!
    Shauna (#14 this week)

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  6. Love this so much! Also, gorgeous blooms. <3 <3 <3

    Bethany
    Kiss Me Darling
    www.kissmedarlingblog.com

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  7. Love this so much! Also, gorgeous blooms. <3 <3 <3

    Bethany
    Kiss Me Darling
    www.kissmedarlingblog.com

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