How To Quit Your Job

“I quit!”

Those two little words changed Henry’s life. During the 17 years he worked for Company X, Henry suffered through boredom, disrespect and a shamefully low wage. And although his friends asked him, almost daily, why he did it, he never questioned his loyalty. Henry loved his job. He loved Company X for giving him a chance to do his job and he considered any payment, no matter how low, to be a bonus.

But one day, Henry decided he’d had enough. The low pay and the constant disrespect began to wear at his once-invincible self-esteem. The final indignity came when he was demoted and forced to take a pay cut. It took 17 years, but Henry finally saw what others had known all along: He was wasting his time and considerable talents with a company that didn’t appreciate him. Once the realization came, Henry was quick to act. He marched over to the manager’s office and gave notice. Today Henry is happier than he’s been in a decade. He may not have the security of a full-time job, but at least he has his dignity back.

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Deborah Melman-Clement
Deborah Melman-Clement is a writer in Kingston, Ontario.