Lessons From Veterans- Loyal

I'm so glad we are honoring our veterans this week by highlighting their qualities they have and what they give in service to our country. We have looked at being strong, prepared, and sacrificing. Today we look at being loyal. Loyal

According to the Free Merriam-Webster dictionary, the definition of loyal is unswerving in allegiance: faithful to a cause, ideal, custom, institution, or product. A synonym is "Faithful".

When you think of the word loyal, what images come to your mind? I think of an old loyal dog who is so loving and submissive to his owner no matter what kind of day they are having or if they are grumpy or mad. I think of a couple who is hand in hand, married for 70 years and never once strayed from the other. I think of that hard worker, who doesn't surf the web on company time or text back and forth all day instead of working for what they are paid to do: even when no one notices. I think of the mom or dad who tirelessly comes home and plays with their kids, even when their day was challenging and frustrating, never letting them even know.

I don't mean to be pessimistic and perhaps I'm a bit jaded because we specialize in infidelity. But is it my imagination or are we losing this quality more and more? It seems people are more flighty than they once were and they don't stick with things like we used to. But not veterans. They remain as loyal to fighting for our country as they ever have. They continue to fight and even to die for our cause (to keep us and others in the world free).

I want to encourage each of us to look at where our loyalty lies. Is it in our family, our spouse, our faith, and what we believe in? Or do we spend more time on our phones, browsing the web, spending money, accumulating, or looking at the other side of the grass (that always looks greener until you mow it.)

Where our hearts and minds are focused is where our loyalty will be. What are you loyal to?

Thank you to every man and woman who have served or is serving our country and remain loyal to our causes! We value, respect, and honor you this week! God bless!

Natalie Chandler, MA, LMHC, LCAC is a therapist at Imagine Hope Counseling Group. Natalie enjoys doing marriage counseling, individual counseling, and couples counseling.  We also specialize in family counseling, child, and adolescent counseling. Imagine Hope serves the Indianapolis area including the surrounding areas of Carmel, Fishers, Noblesville, Westfield, and Zionsville.