People have varying definitions when it comes to loyalty. If you are my friend and I don’t like someone, then you don’t like them either; if I have a business and you don’t support it, can you call yourself a loyal friend; if I call you at 3am to complain about that man for the umpteenth time and you don’t answer, where does your loyalty lie?! These are all scenarios I’m sure you’ve experienced or know someone who has experienced them. It’s exhausting trying to prove your loyalty to someone constantly. (TIRED!)
It’s time for some mature conversation. As friends, we may not always like the same people. Let’s take it a step further. We may have friends that have no connection to each other. Now don’t go saying so and so did me wrong. You can’t trust them. That determination is not yours to make. The business you started, is your friend your audience? Have you discussed with them and let them know what support looks like to you. If they decide not to support you in the way you determine what are you prepared to do. Are they not loyal for not purchasing, sharing, or liking your business? The last one is my favorite. Are they disloyal if you call someone to drop off your emotional baggage and inform you that they do not have the emotional or mental capacity to handle what you have going on?
If you have to constantly question someone’s loyalty or if they have to question yours, maybe it’s time to re-evaluate the friendship!
Do you consider yourself a loyal friend? What attributes do you look for in a loyal friend?