After an almost 5 year stint at JS it's nice to see some familiar faces. I'd rather not mention my name on here because it is highly searchable by those with which I work. Please don't make any guesses in comments; it should become pretty obvious after a while.
I was thinking lately about loyalty and how some people are extremely loyal to certain friends and family members but can't keep their word with strangers, co-workers, or even their spouses. I've known quite a few people that were not well-liked and had a reputation for sabotaging people out of jealousy who had a huge network of friends. They all seemed to have this undying loyalty to each other. Were they really loyal or just scared to be on each others' bad sides?
If I make a promise, before any words are uttered I have to be sure that I am fully capable of carrying out the promise. There have been times that I got myself in deeper than I wanted out of the desire to please a person/people, and have had to severely inconvenience myself to carry out the promise. In some rare cases I have had to come clean and tell the person that I was unable to do what I had promised. In my younger years I'd had run away or have avoided the person altogether, but now I find it very hard to do that unless I feel like I would be in danger otherwise.
What does the word loyalty mean to you?