There has been a lot of conflict between my practical mind and my heart regarding the concept of “Being acknowledged”. I believe that that acknowledgement doesn’t matter. If it makes you feel good inside; you should do it irrespective of the fact that somebody is watching or not. Then sometimes my logical mind would argue about “Quid Pro Quo” – “Something in return”; though not monetary or in big things, but a small word of encouragement would be more than enough to fulfill the “Social”, “Esteem” or “Self Actualization” Needs as defined by Abraham Maslow. This confusion was seamless and endless.
Although I seldom work for praises or appreciation, I or for that matter any one; would love being recognized.
Yesterday evening I was quietly reflecting upon my journey in the “Corporate World” post college life, my journey as a “Blogger” and “Painter”. I admit that I like being recognized and admired.
But there was also a phase when I did everything for myself. At times, the going got tough. I had to be self-motivated. I chose to motivate myself every single day and kept on the perseverance. This is because when there is no external stimulus or motivation, you need to have strong internal urge to keep going, or you would succumb!! I chose that path.
And today, when I look back, everything makes perfect sense. Intrinsic motivation is a key building block to virtues like perseverance, patience and work sans any expectations. Every time, we need not do something only to get noticed, recognized or rewarded. This is because it is much more difficult to cope up when expectations aren’t met. This concept is similar to the concept of
“Chase excellence, rather than success. Success will automatically follow”.
There is a beautiful quote in “Gita” (Holy Scripture of Hinduism) I would like to Quote:
“Set thy heart upon thy work, but never on its reward.”
― Ved Vyasa, The Bhagavad Gita
If not anyone else, God is a silent observer and abundant giver. No good deed you do go unnoticed from his lenses. Keep up the good work. It will give inner peace, joy and satisfaction like never before. The greatest artists aren’t the ones who work to impress the world, they are the ones who do what they love and put their heart and soul into it.
Lastly, I’d like to leave a message that if some one’s kind words and appreciation can motivate you so much, why not be that “someone” to a stranger. One good deed comes back to us many folds like a boomerang. Be generous to show your love and appreciation. But only extrinsic appreciation should not be the reason for your deeds.
Cheers to life !! Do Good, Be good 🙂