I love sports. I have played all kinds of sports since I was five or six years old. Growing up in Southern California I was a devoted Angels baseball fan and Rams football fan. I’m still a devoted Angels fan but lost interest in the Rams shortly after they left California. Who knows, maybe we will get the Rams back in Southern California after all. There has been a lot of talk about that lately.
Loyalty is a big deal to me. It always has been. Being a sports fan I have found it hard to understand the lack of loyalty on behalf of players and team owners alike. Over the years sports has become a huge business and the fans don’t seem to be a consideration as much.
Loyalty is important. Not just in sports but in life too. I left a job several years ago and still felt a sense of loyalty after I left. So much so that I almost missed a good opportunity that came along after that because I felt like I was betraying them in a way. The more I thought through everything the more I realized that we can be as loyal as we want to a company but that company may not be loyal to us. That was the sting of reality for me.
“I wish loyalty were as important today as it used to be in the past. The world would surely be a better place, wouldn’t it?”
I have been thinking a lot about loyalty again recently. Loyalty to friends and family, to my church and to those who rely on me for what I do. The picture that popped into my mind often when I thought about loyalty was the face of my dog, Ruthie. She is a good dog. She is part Red Heeler, part Whippet and she has her quirks for sure. She likes to chase reflections when she sees them on the wall. It is a riot when the sun briefly reflects off of my phone onto the ground. She jumps up and begins to chase the reflection. She is obsessed with that. It could keep her busy for hours on end if we would let it.
But one thing is for sure about Ruthie. She is loyal. She follows me around everywhere. She wanders around the house looking for me when I’m not home. When I am in the backyard working on my computer she hangs out with me and hunts for lizards and eats bees, checking up on me from time to time to see how I’m doing. Yes, she is a little odd. But I can always count on her. Oh, to be carefree like a dog!
I wish loyalty were as important today as it used to be in the past. The world would surely be a better place, wouldn’t it? Loyalty starts with you and me. Being loyal to your company or your favorite baseball team seems important but how loyal are you to what counts the most? What about loyalty to your family? What about loyalty to your convictions? The people around us, especially our kids, can learn a lot in life by what we show loyalty to.Tweet This What you are loyal to says a lot about who you are and what you believe in.
What are you loyal to?