Reward of loyalty — a short story

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The late king of a community 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 was wrong, and the king didn’t like it at all. So he ordered that the servant be thrown to the dogs.

The servant said, “I have served you for ten years, and you are doing this to me? Please give me ten days before you throw me to those dogs!” 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, they were all amazed to see the ravenous dogs only licking the feet of the servant!

The king, baffled at what he was seeing, said, “What has happened to my dogs?”

The servant replied, “I served the dogs for only ten days, and they didn’t forget my service. Yet I served you for l ten whole years and you forgot everything, at my first mistake!”

The king realized his mistake and ordered the servant to be set free.

We humans tend to forget the good things a person did as soon as the person makes a mistake. Don’t put out the history that is filled with good because of a mistake you don’t like.

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