Word of the Month, May 2018: COMMITMENT


The Virtue is Commitment and the Saboteur is Loyalty.

Commitment is a sacred dedication, loyalty is not always sacred.


Commitment to spirituality doesn’t require loyalty to anyone, any group or any particular way. 

Commitment is voluntary and it is a sacred vow you make to yourself. This vow comes from within and then it affects those around you. Commitment comes from the deepest part of your heart. Only you know if you are truly committed or not.

Loyalty may or may not be voluntary and it may require a demonstration of your loyalty, or you may be required to make a payment. We may be loyal merely because we want to belong to something, or just to fit in. Loyalty is a bit more flexible in its identity. We may aspire to be loyal, but there is a part of us that is merely saying yes until further notice.

Loyalty can be bought, but commitment is earned. 

Loyalty comes from an old french word that is similar to legal. It is a pledge or fealty to a leader. Loyalties can be rewarded and disloyalty can bring about punitive measures. Commitment is its own reward.

Loyalties can be bought and sold, they can be demanded or coerced. Loyalty can be a good thing, a tainted thing or it can just be living a lie. We can be loyal to a company, a person or a group of persons with a particular ideology, but that does not mean we are committed to their values. Loyalty can be given in hopes of  receiving something in return. That is more of a type of bargaining, but we tend to call it loyalty. Read more