Ingratitude - The Poison That Kills Relationships
Ingratitude exists in many areas. We see it both in personal relationships and in business related circles. We should be careful about the effects of ingratitude because we could use it as identifying signs of other deficiencies people might also have.
In Business - Unhappy Customers
Ungrateful customers can be a real pain in the backside. No matter what you do, how well you treat them or however you try to accommodate them, you simply can't win. That type of customer is so annoying that we really don't want such customers. They will easily remember proverbs such as "the customer is always right" buy rarely ever say "thank you" when serviced.
You can go through as many courses in customer service, and these people will never be happy. You can't win with these people because they always want more than you give them.
When we were trained in a technical department dealing with people on the telephone we were always told that we should of course treat these people well, but should also realize that their frustrations were not directed against us. We did see one telephone consultant get a bottle of wine and chocolate when he had dealt well with one such customer, because QI (Quality Improvement) had listened in on his call. The company wasn't surveying us to check up on us, but trying to find extra things we could learn more about customer service.
Regardless of how well you treat some people like that you, too, must realize that people's frustrations are never directed at you. When you are done with an ungrateful customer brush off the dust, and get on with business as usual. It is much cheaper, and personally much more rewarding, to deal with positive customers than deal with problems you can't solve anyway.
In Personal Lives - Ruined Relationships
Likewise, there are obvious reasons why some people end up divorced and on unfriendly terms with their ex. Some people are so ungrateful that it borders on being outright ill-mannered.
You polish windows, yet your partner doesn't thank you. You clean the home, yet the partner finds some minor fault in one little spot you missed. You try to do your level best, but your best just isn't good enough...
People like that need a kick in their backside. But even then they will always find fault with others, and will rarely ever consider that they had any involvement with the reason for the breakup.
What to Do About It
What you need to do in both instances is take on the surviving attitude that things can only get better. Bearing dead weight is something that burdens us down. Don't ever let that happen to you. Realizing that point - and the fact that you are not the reason for their dissatisfaction can help you very much.
The proverb to remember is: "Giving thanks, and offering a smile will help others through the day".
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