LOYALTY A KEY REQUIREMENT FOR SUCCESSFUL LIVING – (PART THREE): CULTIVATING AND MAINTAINING THE…

first_imgIn this third article of the series centered on the necessary requirement of loyalty particular attention will be paid to how one can cultivate and maintain the virtuous habit of loyalty. Loyalty like most virtues can be craved, formed and maintained by conscious thought and practice. How? The rest of this article will endeavor to answer. The second article on the vice of disloyalty observed the following points:To be loyal means to be faithful to a person, institution, nation or a cause for as long as it takes and is required. It is the act of giving oneself totally in terms of time, energy, obedience, resources, and best thoughts to a cause or person. Loyalty is the giving of total support to a person or a cause. It is the act of keeping a promise come what may. It means being committed to the core. Loyalty means loving, defending, and promoting what one believes in. To be loyal is to be true to a person or cause at all times and under all circumstances.The exact opposite of loyalty is disloyalty. It means to be unfaithful, uncommitted and unreliable with regard to a cause or person. At its worst it takes the form of betrayal wherein one connives with the enemies of a friend, family or a cause that one is supposed to defend and promote to harm that friend, family or cause. It hurts deeply when one is supposed to be a loyal friend, family or a fan of a cause but is found to be the exact opposite.!This act of betrayal or lack of commitment is one of the major causes of families, institutions and nations not doing as well as they ought to. Disloyalty impedes and stifles their progress. Liberia is lacking behind countries in Africa that she is supposed to be leading in terms of stability and socio-economic wellbeing all because of the lack of patriotism which is another form of disloyalty on the part of many of her citizens, especially those in positions of leadership. Many Liberians pay a lip service to the indispensable quality of patriotism but in practice are very disloyal to the overall interests of the nation.If Liberia is to recover from past mistakes and make rapid and lasting progress in advancing the welfare of its vast majority of citizens, Liberians, must learn and practice patriotism. On the individual and institutional level, disloyalty can be overcome by the realization that it is a part of life and that anyone or institution can be a victim of it. When it does occur one or an institution must not let it be a determiner of fate. Progress must be continued as if disloyalty never occurred. Disloyalty occurs in all sorts of ways and to all sorts of people and institutions and it hurts. But to overcome it and not let it impede the achievement of dreams and aspirations, is an important strategy for any successful living.How then may one form and keep the good habit of loyalty to the right causes and persons? Loyalty is both a virtue and a principle. A virtue must be consciously owed, practiced as often as possible and made one’s second nature. One must believe passionately that loyalty is essential for a successful living and for pleasing God and all those to whom one is accountable. All just causes require loyal promoters.Just as one can resolve to be sincere under all circumstances, as far as humanly possible, one can also to be loyal to God Almighty and those just and noble causes and persons who promote justice and believe and work for the common good of the neighbor and all of society. Of course, a resolution is only a resolution on paper or in the mind until it is demonstrated through living it out. The way one can convince oneself and others is by living the virtue of loyalty.The saying is true that charity (the old word for love) begins at home. Loyalty has to begin with God the Creator and Source of all that one is and has. Someone has rightly observed that if one is unfaithful (dishonest) to God in prayer, giving (tithes and dues) and in worship, then one is likely to be disloyal to one’s partner, children, job and others. One way to demonstrate that one is loyal to God is to be loyal to the persons and causes that one is closest to and interact with most frequently. When such a habit is formed then it is a lot easier to extend it to those far off. Loyalty to just causes and persons is a necessity for living a healthy and fulfilled life and all sober minded persons must endeavor to form it and live it daily.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

DAMIAN GETS HIS KICKS AFTER BEING CROWNED A WORLD CHAMP!

first_imgA young Co Donegal lad has kicked his way to the top of his sport across the world.World champ Damian!Damian Duddy, a student at Deele College in Raphoe, has been crowned ISKA World Junior Kickboxing Champion.Damian, who fights in the welterweight category, is no stranger to success, winning Irish and European titles in recent years. The 15 year old, who fights out of the PT kickboxing gym in Carrigans is a 5th year student in Deele College and is obviously delighted with his latest success.Nick-named ‘Kid Dynamite’ for his explosive speed and agility, Damian enthralled the crowd in the Millennium Forum with a brilliant display of technique, speed and strength last Saturday night.He overcame his Spanish opponent, winning all three rounds in convincing fashion.Damien celebrates his historic win with his family. From left, his brother William, father Cathal and mother ArleneMore than 2,000 people were in attendance in the walled city and it was the biggest kickboxing tournament ever seen in Ireland. His success will have delighted his hard working trainers, Paddy Toland and his father Cathal Duddy who have put so much into Damian’s success.Principal Mr PJ McGowan and Vice Principal Mr Danny McFadden congratulate Damien on his magnificent winDeele College Principal, PJ McGowan commended Damian on his big win, saying it was great for the school to have representatives like Damian, competing at the top level in his chosen sport.Damian follows in a long line of sporting heroes who have passed through the door at Deele College, not least four time world champion, Natalie McCarron, who defended her titles successfully on Saturday night.Mr McGowan also wished 3rd year student Brett McGinty the best of luck in his upcoming European Boxing Tournament in Russia, where he will be looking to emulate his recent success in Eastern Europe and bring back a medal.Damien celebrates his World Title with his classmates DAMIAN GETS HIS KICKS AFTER BEING CROWNED A WORLD CHAMP! was last modified: November 14th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Damian Duddydeele collegekick-boxingRaphoelast_img read more