I was reminded of a valuable lesson today. If I feel unappreciated for something I’ve done, I’ve done it for the wrong reason. True giving, whether it be of time, treasure, or talent, comes without any strings attached. If I give with any expectation, I am not giving from the heart.
When I give because I want to do it, it gives me great joy. The irony is that if I give from the heart, without any expectation, I am given all sorts of gestures of appreciation. I give because it makes me happy, not because I want something in return. Because I do this, I get so much more in return than I could have ever imagined. Sometimes it comes from where I least expect it. And I feel very appreciated.