You’re not always going to get the thanks you deserve.
There are going to be plenty of times where you don’t get paid back for the drinks you bought someone because they forgot their credit card, you won’t get reciprocated for that ride home you gave a friend, connections you inspired among folks won’t be attributed to you.
The list goes on, and the gratitude just doesn’t wind up getting extended your way.
The truth is, you don’t need it.
Yeah, it feels fucking great to be acknowledged for an act of service you provide someone.
The feeling of being honored for the deed you did or the way you influenced someone’s life is one of the most satisfying and soul nourishing things a person can receive from another.
Acknowledgement is a real thing, and we all need it sometimes.
However, we’re not always going to get it.
Does that mean we stop doing things for others?
Do we refuse to buy our friend the drinks so they can’t come out to dance with us, just because we’re worried they might not pay us back?
Do we avoid giving that person a ride home and make them walk instead, just because that gas might not ever make it back into the tank via them?
Do we hold off on making that connection between people who are clearly destined to know one another, simply because their connection might outshine your own connection to them?
Doing selfless acts, helping those we love when they need it and even when they don’t need it, or simply bringing our gifts out into the world is always worth doing, whether we receive the acknowledgement or gratitude for it that we deserve.
Whether that acknowledgement or gratitude ever makes it our way for what we did, it doesn’t change that we made an impact on that individual for the better.
Either way, it makes it into the imaginary database of goodwill done in the world, and the "higher ups" see that every time.