“Gratitude is thankfulness expressed in action. It is the instructive radiation of justice, giving new life and energy to the individual from whom it emanates. It is the heart’s recognition of kindness that the lips cannot repay. Gratitude never counts its payments. It realizes the no debt of kindness can ever be outlawed, ever be cancelled, ever paid in full. Gratitude ever feels the insignificance of its installments; ingratitude the nothingness of debt. Gratitude is the flowering of a seed of kindness; ingratitude is the dead inactivity of a seed dropped on a stone.” ~ William George Jordan
I recently overheard someone say “I’m sick and tired of being kind to him. I’m going to give him what he deserves.” Such statements are a harbinger of ingratitude and a hotbed of every manner of ill spirit.
True kindness invigorates the individual from whom it emanates, despite popular opinion that being kind, doing good deeds and serving others is a tiring and tiresome business. You have infinite supply of kindness within you and the idea that there is only so much of it in you to go around is a failure to recognize the nature of who you really are.
If you get worn down in your effort to be a blessing to others, you’re likely predicating your expression on the expectation of some result. Nobody likes unrequited love, for as Charles Schulz once lamented “Nothing takes the taste out of peanut butter quite like unrequited love.” When your love is absorbed into a black hole of another’s ingratitude, it is easy to succumb to the vortex of disappointment or devastation if you are not careful to remember that you are designed to give freely of yourself, without expectation of results.
You are wise to remember that you have an endless supply of thankfulness in you. It is not a resource per se, because it has neither limited availability nor potential for depletion. Thankfulness is simply evidence of the presence of the life that is in you. When the real you is obscured by false personas or attitudes that are inconsistent with the true nature of life, thankfulness will be present in potential, but limited in manifestation.
You are thankful at the core but you have to reveal it to know it.