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Monday, September 23, 2013

Loyalty's a Four Letter Word

By John Coston

ITS BEEN A WHIIIILLLLEEEEE!!!! I love that Stained song to this day!! But, seriously, its been a few weeks since I've blogged. Sorry, when you "live that life," things happen, nawmean nahhhmmmsayinnnn?

Anyway, I've noticed a disturbing trend over the past few years that I have to address. This is the lack of loyalty that people have for each other, whether it concerns friendships, marriages, etc. People have forgotten about sticking it out with those that are supposed to be closest to you, no matter how bad things get. I have seen 1.) Friends disrespect their so called friends over money, sex, etc., 2.) Engaged and married couples cheat on their significant others instead of just walking away or working things out; 3.) People who claim to be so dedicated and loyal and passionate toward their stated profession (music, for example, especially all the phony rappers, DJs and producers out there... you know who you are) but, at the first sign of adversity, look for the nearest exit!!

These days, it feels like people don't believe that staying loyal is necessary and just look for an easier way. I can remember having an engaged woman come by my house and do a striptease for me and my boys (among other things...hehe) and, while having a great time, thinking to myself in between boobie-fondlings "Damn! Where's the loyalty to your man?" Is it attention? Is it the internet? Is it the desire to just have a title instead of putting in the actual work? What has happened to our society that being loyal and sticking to your plan has fallen so far by the wayside?

We've become a society of backstabbers and gossip mongers when we should be going in the opposite direction. I'll be the first to admit that I struggled with loyalty for years. In fact, the only thing I was loyal to was the liquor, weed, and the lifestyle that comes with it. It took some adversity to help me get my head on straight and become reacquainted with the word loyalty. Now, I maintain my loyalty to those who have stuck by me. I make sure I stay true to the lifestyle choices that have kept me focus and, if I feel I'm slipping, I get right back at it. Whether it's because you're lazy, lack spiritual guidance, or you're just a snake in the grass. Any signs of disloyalty need to be removed from your circumference (your big word of the blog! Sheesh).

The ones that have stayed with you from the beginning are the ones you need to keep on a pedestal. Get rid of the fairweather friends and fake people who hang around you, not because of who you are, but because of what you can do for them. If you are the disloyal one, take a look in the mirror and see if you like the reflection staring back at you. If you don't (and your backstabbing ways have caught up with you), maybe it's time to change up. Its never too late!!! Got that off my chest!! Until next time foolz!!!!


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