The other day whilst having lunch with my colleagues we discussed the issue of food stalls and their evolution from “hit” food stalls to one with hardly any customers. What causes this sudden change? The food is still equally tasty, but how come there are no longer any long lines where the food runs out?
Before I continue, let me give you a little background note. My company canteen has a number of revolving food stalls that come various days. For example, the famous rice with chicken topping comes on Mondays whilst the tastiest pork noodles come on Fridays. Selected famous food stalls take turns coming to sell at our canteen along with our regular stalls. These special stalls are always a hit and long lines form waiting to get a taste of the famous chicken rice, the pork noodles or the pad thai. One day per week seems like it isn’t enough.
The chicken rice stall decides to come twice a week.
The famous chicken rice now comes on both Mondays and Tuesdays to meet customer demand. Unfortunately, the customer base somehow suddenly dwindled and now the chicken rice stall stands lonely with but a few loyal customers. (I am one of them. Some days I have two servings!)
What causes this sudden drop in customers? The quality hasn’t changed and the chicken rice remains as tasty as ever. What do you think is the cause?
Upon discussion, we decided that this must be because we humans tend to take things for granted. Now that we have a delicious chicken rice stall two days a week, it loses its appeal. The chicken rice is no longer special. It’s there always when we want it, on Mondays and Tuesdays. We come when we want. However, beware. When its gone we will miss it dearly and wish we had eaten it a little more often.
The same case happened with another Vietnamese style noodle stall. Though extremely delicious, it came everyday and the customers dwindled. It eventually left and everyone was left wishing they had appreciated it whilst it was there. Another case of taking good noodles for granted.
I suppose this is a concept that can be applied to everything in life, in relationships, and in work. If you take the other person for granted, that they will always be there for you, that they will always be there working for you the same as before, then perhaps you should take a step back and think.
Didn’t that chicken rice once before gave you great happiness and satisfaction? Wasn’t that guy/girl the one you had appreciated so much when just a little gesture was given? Now that you get it all the time, why don’t you appreciate it anymore?
Perhaps you have taken it for granted. When that happens, one side most probably leaves. Then it’s too late.
What would you do if that special somone were no longer there? You would miss them dearly. If only you not taken them for granted, they might have stayed. Therefore, take not for grant the chicken rice, the people around you or what you have. Let them still give you as much satisfaction as before.