Are you appreciated for what you do? Probably not. Does it bother you? Yes, on one or more levels. Can you do anything about it?

Let’s face it, we all liked to be thanked for what we do. In fact, some times it is the reason that we do what we do. It makes other people beholding to us even if it is only for the split second of holding a door open. It says to others we are nice, we are compassionate, we care.

​ That goodness that we believe we have inside of us that no one remarks about ordinarily is suddenly acknowledged when we do something for another and we feel vindicated.

​ But (somber music) what happens if they don’t appreciate what we do? Our belief in our inner goodness is not recognized. We start commenting on this cold world and the unconscious people who inhabit it. It their fault!

It is nice to be recognized for what we do BUT if we are living and doing just for the accolades of others, we are living without authenticity. We are just handing crayons to everyone and begging them to color us happy.

You are in charge of you. You do things because you choose to do them. You find fulfillment in what you do because you choose to do it. You don’t need anyone’s thanks in order to justify what you do or to make you feel good about what you do. Your happiness is yours to manufacture. You are part of this world like a facet is part of a diamond and it is up to you and you alone how brightly you shine. Shine brilliantly!

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