Let’s talk about loyalty.
It is nonexistent.
No, seriously. I am loyal, probably to my detriment, but I’m learning that other people aren’t loyal much at all. Loyalty has kind of stopped being a thing it seems. Is that bad? Maybe. Maybe not.
People are looking for the next best thing, the better thing. What’s more shiny than what I have now? Who can do more for me than who I’m with now? How can this be bigger than what it is now? Where can I go that’s better than this place? Is there something out there any faster or easier for me?
We should look to improve. I agree with that. You can find better service, cheaper prices, smarter people, better teachers, faster results, whatever. I agree with all that, too. Sometimes we get burned and need to make a change. For sure.
But what about loyalty? Does it count in business anymore? Does it matter to us personally?
Chasing the “better” seems tiresome to me. There will ALWAYS be better.
Running off to “better” requires no patience, communication, commitment, grace. It is a path of least resistance.
Finding “better” is subjective. One man’s “better” is another man’s “meh”. There’s always “better” out there.
Believing we need “better” sometimes clouds our judgment. We might ignore the fact that bopping off to enjoy that “better” might burn an old bridge that might have been beneficial to keep in tact.
I don’t know…I like loyalty.
I like sticking to something or somebody on purpose. I like recognizing that nothing is perfect and grace is key. I like trusting the process. I like thinking that I’ve chosen wisely. I want to believe in people. I want to have faith that I’m right where I need to be, with the right people I’m meant to be with, doing what I’m meant to do.
Over time, sure, we need change, we need upward mobility, we need more. That’s ok. I just think we’re not quite ever loyal enough to really see things through, to trust, to appreciate.
I take pride in my loyalty, and I super value when others are loyal to me. It’s a lost “art” that I wish we could cultivate and display again.