You maybe wondering what I mean by who is your Jonathan? In the bible, Jonathan is the best friend of David, or BFF (Best Friends Forever) as the Y and Z generations favourite abbreviation. We all need more Jonathans in our lives. Culturally, Jonathan is a role model of loyalty to truth and friendship.
This quality, loyalty, is an extraordinary find, rarer than pink diamonds. It is so precious that money cannot buy that. If you are so blessed with one to three of these people in your life, they will see you through this life journey humps and bumps, support and help you to go further and reach your peak of your destiny in life. Your Jonathan will be so happy for you and not jealous of you or envy of your success.
Full Definition of LOYAL-
1: unswerving in allegiance: as
a : faithful in allegiance to one’s lawful sovereign or government
b : faithful to a private person to whom fidelity is due
c : faithful to a cause, ideal, custom, institution, or product
2: showing loyalty
3: obsolete : lawful, legitimate
In any relationship, leadership, country, defence force, law enforcement department, organisation, business and personal life, if you can grow, cultivate and build loyalty it will highly rewarded in a long run. All of us must aspire to achieve. In general, true loyalty has to be earned. True loyalty is indestructible allegiance to a country, person, organisation, business, service, brand or product based on an astounding level of satisfaction. Loyalty for country starts with a state of mutual trust and support between allied countries.
In any organisation, true loyalty basically is to identify with client expectations and needs, measure your results, and make changes that positively impact the clients experience and meet the real needs of clients. Creating truly loyal clients by satisfying client is a stable, continuous and even lifelong advantage.
In term of personal relationship and friendship, loyalty is the real virtue and asset that we all dream to have. The fact is how many of us are truly blessed with this gift. If you want good loyal friends, you first need to be friendly, create that bond and offer yourself as a true friend with quality and worth you are looking for in others. Most people in our life are just seasonal, acquaintances, some are ordinary friends and only a handful are truly loyal friends. When we meet people, we are drawn to certain people because of common direction, common interest, common values, common conviction, common history, common backgrounds and equality. We tend to choose friends that mirror us in some ways. Is good to have friends that are different from us to contribute something unique into the dynamic.
A loyal friend will not ask you to compromise your principles in the name of your friendship or anything else. Loyal friends are fair. They will respect you regardless of your race, religion, colour and social discrimination. Loyal friends will love you for what you are and what your personality is. You will get to know how they think about you through the way they react and response. Many people that are white have black, Hispanic and Asian friends, which they admire, care and support about honestly. True and loyal friends will forever stand by your side and they will minister to you, fundamentally provide you what you need in any situation. You would be able to take out a lot from his or her company and knowledge. They will not ask for a payback even if they contribute loads. If you have this kind of friend, you know he or she is a genuine treasure. A loyal friend is consistently willing to put your happiness and well being before your friendship. It’s said that “good advice grates on the ear,” but a loyal friend will not avoid from telling you something you do not want to hear, something that may even risk losing the friendship, if hearing it lies in your best interest. Loyal friends may not agree with you all the time and they will not have same opinions as yours but they still want you to know the truth. A loyal friend will correct you gracefully when you’re wrong. A real loyal friend will confront you with your gambling issue as swiftly as inform you about your spouse or partner is cheating you behind back that you have not discover yourself. A loyal friend is a good influence. He or she encourages and inspires you to live up to your best potential, not to entertain your worthless and paltry drives.
Hope you found your Jonathans or in the pursue to find your Jonathans. The real question you have to ask yourself is “Can I be a Jonathan to someone or organisation or country?”
Below are some powerful quotes:
A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity. -Proverbs 17:17
A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. -Proverbs 18:24
Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another. -Proverbs 27:17
Never tire of loyalty and kindness. Hold these virtues tightly. Write them deep within your heart. -Proverbs3:3
Saul and David finished their conversation. After that, Saul’s son Jonathan was deeply attracted to David and came to love him as much as he loved himself. 1 Samuel 18:1
The king asked him, “Is there anyone left of Saul’s family to whom I can show loyalty and kindness, as I promised God I would?” Ziba answered, “There is still one of Jonathan’s sons. He is crippled.” -2 Samuel 9:3
Loyalty cannot be blueprinted. It cannot be produced on an assembly line. In fact, it cannot be manufactured at all, for its origin is the human heart-the centre of self-respect and human dignity. It is a force which leaps into being only when conditions are exactly right for it-and it is a force very sensitive to betrayal. — Maurice R. Franks
The loyalties which centre upon number one are enormous. If he trips, he must be sustained. If he make mistakes, they must be covered. If he sleeps, he must not be wantonly disturbed. If he is no good, he must be pole-axed.
— Winston Churchill
Be a friend when people most need one. As movie mogul Lew Wasserman used to advise talent agents: “If an actor is working, make sure you talk to him at least twice a week. If he is not working, talk to him every day.” Helping people will not guarantee that they respond to you in kind. My experience is that you can count on about one in ten, but this one makes up for the others. — David Mahoney
An ounce of loyalty is worth a pound of cleverness. — Elbert Hubbard
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