Sometimes I get very frustrated because all the good
things that I try to do for others seem to be staying
beneath the ground, never being seen, never being
recognized. But then I realize that in the big
picture, that doesn't matter at all--the important thing
is that the good works continue. The frustration
comes at times when I'm tired or when things aren't going
well, and I know from experience that I can't trust my
feelings during those times.
The simple fact is that this is how most of our good work
should be done--as an unknown, in secret. Why is
that? Because once we commit a good act or do a good
work in order to be recognized for it, the act
changes. It's no longer motivated simply by the
desire to do good, but it's now also motivated by the
desire for accolades. And when that's the case, the
act changes, and we face the prospect of not getting the
reaction that we desire. And if we don't get that
reaction, then we run the risk of feeling awful, or worse,
trying to make others feel awful because they didn't react
how we had hoped they would react.
The best of our work should be done for others, and it
should be done simply for the sake of doing good.
Yes, it can get frustrating, but we all face times of
frustration no matter what we do or how we do it.
When we can look proudly at the green ground which has
been nourished by our contribution, we can take pride in
our contribution, and then look for other areas that might
need such nourishment. Us receiving compliments or
acknowledgment of our contribution will not change the
fact that we've done something good, and not receiving
praise for our work will not diminish the work in any way.
We do see others receiving accolades and rewards for their
good work all the time. They are who they are, and
we are who we are. Some of us toil in relative
obscurity, others toil in the spotlight. No matter
where we are, we should not stop trying to do good for
others, because they most definitely need us.