I recently read a story that I want to share with you. It was shared on a friend's Facebook page and it really struck a cord with me both as a human being and as a business owner.
A King had ten wild dogs. He used them to torture and eat any of his servants who made a mistake. One of the servants gave an opinion which the king thought was some kind of rebellion against his rule, for only the King could have opinions and these were the only opinions his servants could have. The king didn’t like the opinion expressed by the servant so he ordered that the servant be thrown to the dogs.
The servant said, “I served you for ten years, and you do this to me? Please give me ten days before throwing me to those dogs!” and the King agreed.
In those ten days, the servant went to the guard who looked after the dogs and told him he would like to serve the dogs for the next ten days. The guard was baffled but agreed, and the servant started feeding the dogs, cleaning for them, bathing them, and providing all sorts of comfort for them.
When the ten days were over, the king ordered that the servant be thrown to the dogs for his punishment. When he was thrown in, we were all amazed to see the ravenous dogs only licking the feet of the servant.
The king, baffled at what he was seeing.
”What has happened to my dogs?” asked the King
The servant replied,
"I served the dogs for only ten days, and they didn’t forget my service. Yet I served you for a whole ten years and you forgot all, at my first mistake!"
The king realised his mistake and ordered the servant to be set free.
This story is for all those people who allow one mistake to ruin years or a lifetime of a relationship. This includes business relationships as well as personal ones. We all make mistakes and yes there are always going to be some that we simply cannot forgive or move passed and these will obviously end relationships but these are few and far between.
Think back on your past relationships. Have you lost someone, be they a client or friend or others, because of one incident where they disappointed your or let you down. Where they may have not been there for you for whatever reason or you lost respect for them because of their actions. Now think about how long that relationship existed before that incident. See where I'm going with this.
Always remember that you too have made mistakes, have disappointed people, have acted in ways you are not proud of and that there are people who left your life because of this too. Be kind, be forgiving where you can but most of all remember that those who have stuck around long term have done so for a reason.
This article was prepared by Ant Ulijn, Social Media Extraordinaire and Values Alignment Expert from emanation. If you found this information useful, please comment below, subscribe above and like us on Facebook for more great content like this.