Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Loyalty – Respect Your Friends

Webster describes the word ‘loyalty’ as being faithful to a friend.
It’s great to have friends to talk or walk with on the school campus, or to see after school. But sometimes we become careless in the way we treat them. Here are some good ways to show that you respect your friends:
Don’t gossip – there is meanness to gossiping that you might not realize. People get hurt in many ways when bad thing are said about them and repeated even if it’s not true.  Be careful, gossip may turn around and bite you.
Widen your circle of friends. It’s hard to be the new kid at school. Try to put yourself in the new kid’s position and reach out to them. Who knows this might be the start of a wonderful friendship.
When something nice happens to a friend help them celebrate. Give them a smile even if you’re wondering, ‘Why didn’t that happen to me’. On the other hand, when bad things happen, comfort your friends.  If they are troubled try to help them.
Sharing is another way to show respect.
Let me tell you a little story about loyalty, respect, and faithfulness.
For years, I have had season tickets to the ASU basketball games. One year a player was diagnosed with cancer. After several treatments of chemotherapy, he seemed to be getting much better, but he lost all of his hair. I was there when he returned to the team to play. As the team ran out onto the floor, I was amazed to see that every player had shaved their head to show loyalty, respect and faithfulness to their friend.
Now, don’t run off and shave all your hair off, this is just a way to show you how wonderful loyalty to a friend can be.
By Lois Jamieson
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