Loyalty is unwavering commitment to the people and ideals we care about. We are steadfast through good times and bad. Even when others disappoint us, we are resilient and forgiving. We invest in our relationships and do what it takes to keep them whole and strong. We stand by our true friends whatever the cost. We don’t allow blind loyalty to lead us into trouble. Above all, we must be true to ourselves, and loyal to what we know is right.


The best mirror is an old friend

— George Herbert

 The Practice of Loyalty

  • I am steadfastly committed to those I love
  • I stand by my loved ones through good times and bad
  • I forgive mistakes
  • I am devoted to keeping my relationships strong
  • I do not allow misplaced loyalty to endanger me.
  • My first commitment is to the truth.
Definitions and practices of virtue are used with permission from the Virtues Project™.

In Family Life

Loyalty within a family is the bedrock of its strength and resilience. It is demonstrated in family members’ unwavering commitment to one another, regardless of life’s challenges. In moments of joy and sorrow, they stand by each other’s side, offering unwavering support. Even when mistakes are made, they approach each other with forgiveness and understanding, reinforcing the bonds that hold them together.

True loyalty in a family means investing time and effort into nurturing these relationships, ensuring they remain whole and robust. It means putting family first, even when faced with external pressures or temptations that might pull them apart. It’s a delicate balance that requires the wisdom to discern what is right and the strength to stay true to those convictions, fostering a harmonious and enduring family unit.

Balancing Loyalty

To maintain a healthy balance in the virtue of loyalty, we can develop these virtues:

      • Discernment: By discerning the difference between blind loyalty and meaningful commitment, we avoid the pitfalls of overdeveloped loyalty.
      • Courage: Courage enables us to challenge and question loyalty when it leads us astray, ensuring that our loyalty remains aligned with what is right.
      • Commitment: Commitment helps us stay steadfast in our relationships and principles, preventing loyalty from becoming underdeveloped or fickle.
      • Empathy: Empathy allows us to understand the significance of loyalty in others’ lives, fostering stronger bonds and deeper connections.

Loyalty is a virtue that, when cultivated in balance, becomes a powerful force for good. In this harmony, we find the true essence of loyalty, an unwavering commitment to what matters most in our lives.