I thought about writing this post early in the day, and then something that happened later in the morning (Friday 2/10/17) that sealed it. I was talking with a very successful young man, and he essentially said this:
“I am just trying to be a good person, not for what people will think or say about me, but because it is the right thing to do.”
If you are doing something for a thank you or recognition, it’s probably not the best reason. I’m not suggesting you aren’t doing a good deed or that you are selfish. We all like thanks and recognition. I’m just suggesting that the good deed should be enough. If you try to impose your personal shoulds and musts on the rest of the world, you are probably going to create a lot of misery for yourself.
To save yourself some pain and still be a great person, don’t do anything for thanks or recognition. Do it because it is the right thing to do. Make the plays because they are there, and you love making them, not because of what they will get you.