at least something is still reliable
Our notion of what is truly important is being challenged these days – whether it is the dynamics of a constantly changing interaction with relatives, co-workers and acquaintances, picking out the true from the trite in the onslaught from the media and rampant materialism, right down to the manner in which we deal with the world and the way that the world treats us. No one said it would be easy and the tenets that we have chosen to live by expand and contract as we learn more about ourselves and our place in this time.
Everyday we favour one thing over another, sometimes bad decision-making in retrospect, but nonetheless an often intuitive, instinctual or habitual choice that reflects on who we have become. From breakfast cereal to detergent, religion to life partners, country to cause, when we are not actively seeking out what we hope is the best option then we usually reach for that which has always been there. The rewards can be great or sadly disappointing, the trick is to get the lag-time down to a minimum so that we don’t flail around wasting what little time we can sanely allot to the many things that fill up our days.
The Two Cents Tuesday Challenge suspects that it all boils down to a perhaps selfish sense of – Loyalty – to what extent we are willing to go and how much we feel we need in return. It becomes problematic when one outweighs the other.
“What does loyalty mean to you?” – A pledge of allegiance, personal devotion, a philosophical concept or biblical notion, a dog to his master, the bond between friends…
We would love to see your vision.
For all those who are new readers to Across the Bored, here are some guidelines for the challenge: HOW DOES THIS WORK?
- I will post some commentary on a random topic that pops into my head (such as the above) and then ask you to respond on the same.
- Your point of view on the current week’s challenge can take any form: a quote, a motto or saying, an essay, poem or opinion of yours or attributed to someone else, a piece of music, a song, a video, a work of art, photograph, graffiti, drawing or scribble – but it has to be about the topic!
- Please, don’t just link to an old post… challenge yourself.
- The Challenge will be open for 14 days (there will be a reminder post at the 7 day mark) after which I will post another.
- ENJOY, have FUN and TELL your friends and fellow bloggers.
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18 thoughts on “Two Cents Tuesday Challenge: Loyalty”
Another great challenge! Not sure how I did but I’m hoping you will enjoy it. http://benchsideexplorer.wordpress.com/2014/02/10/two-cents-tuesday-loyalty/
I wouldn’t worry about how you did! Thank you for taking the time to explore this topic…
Just spotted your challenge, it looks like fun – here’s my first, somewhat late, entry
No, not late at all – week 2 on the same topic begins this Tuesday! I love the way your entry ties together the links, pictures and observations with a humorous twist.
Loyalty is one of the most important qualities to me. ” Loyalty – to what extent we are willing to go and how much we feel we need in return” ….. I have to think on this . Hugs.
I hadn’t thought about it much until recently – I had always given my loyalty freely to those I thought deserved it but have started to realize that I may need to look closer at what I am getting out of it! Selfish? Maybe… Self-preservation? More likely…
I understand completely!
Now this is a challenge–will take some serious ponder! On a tangential side issue of “loyalty”, I saw a recent article which I could only read a couple sentences of, before my head began spinning like Linda Blair’s. It was about personal “branding”–re whatever product, idea we have to sell–and the importance of cultivating and polishing “assumptions”, as it’s those very assumptions that sell us, which then leads to customer loyalty….. Maybe I’ve gone completely round the bend, but “assumptions”?? Why not “facts” and “proofs”? The whole marketing industry seems like a cult, to me–I find it insulting, and frankly a bit scary. Okay, I’ll go pour a diet Pepsi and watch old westerns, or church TV….
I would have to agree with you – I had an interesting “discussion” last night about assumptions and much of it leads back to the fact that often we don’t dig deeper for proofs and facts to shore up our beliefs and willingness to proffer up our loyalty (whilst other things like faith have a different set of parameters): recently, there seems to be little consideration for extenuating circumstances/another point of view or the many factors that may affect the “thing” itself and this often leads to a rather fickle loyalty to all those ‘Brands” be it person, place or thing: all those bits of life don’t exist in a vacuum, they have to be looked at as a whole… Looking forward to your entry!
Here ya go–
Thanks very much for your entry! It covers a whole lot of ground…
This one should be fun! (smile)
Have a blast with it!