"Never push a loyal person to the point
where they no longer care."
Matinecock Lodge No. 806, Oyster Bay, NY
It's easy to do, and it happens all too often. Maybe we don't realize we're doing it. We find a loyal person, somebody willing to go above and beyond the call of duty for us, and we begin to take that person for granted. We know they are loyal and hardworking, and so we forget those little things we should be doing to show we appreciate their efforts. And because of that dedication, we pile responsibilities on them without even the most basic social graces--like saying thank you when they do a good job. Like pointing out their contributions to others.
Too often what happens is the people that take the best care of us are the ones we take the worse care of in return. And over time that loyalty and dedication they've always shown us begins to falter. They start feeling like they are being used. They start feeling unappreciated. They start to feel as if their contributions go unnoticed. And then one day, they're gone and we realize what a big hole they've left for us to fill.
Loyalty in today's world is a commodity you just don't find very often anymore. When you find it, recognize it, appreciate it, and continue to nurture it because it's a rare asset. People can be replaced. Chairs can be filled. But finding true loyalty is something that if you're very lucky, you'll only run into once or twice in a lifetime.
~Todd E. Creason