You’re the first to get to your office in the morning and the last to leave when the day ends. You do your very best on every project and then add a little extra to impress your boss. You always ask if there is anything else you can help with and more often that not, you spend your weekends doing the extra work your boss asked you to do. But at the end of the year, you’re not the one who gets the bonus… You’re not the one being rewarded.
That colleague of yours that was always late and always first to leave, the one that you always had to help with everything, well she’s the one getting the bonus this year. And you find yourself hating the world for being so damn unfair.
Life is not fair. The good guys, the ones that always go the extra mile, the ones that are always kind and compassionate to their neighbors, the ones that always stay on the right side of the law, they don’t always get rewarded with the best that life has to offer. In fact, sometimes they even seem to get punished by the universe for no reason.
And for many of us, this can be extremely discouraging. What’s the point of spending a lifetime trying to be healthy and exercising everyday if you’re going to be the one that is struck with a terminal illness? What’s the point of spending ten years studying and fighting for a good career if you’re going to get jailed for ten years just after you graduate for being at the wrong place and the wrong time and being of the wrong skin color? And the guys who continuously steal from the poorest of the poor are left to fill their rotund wallets as they roam the streets freely.
Things like these will always happen. We won’t always get rewarded for our good work. But does that mean we should get tired of doing good? That we should turn to mediocrity and never try hard in anything? That we should become the “bad guys” because at least then we won’t be so disappointed when life doesn’t reward us for our work?
No, we should just change the reason we do our good work.
We have grown to feel entitled these days. We have come to expect to receive something every time we give something and therein lies the problem. The universe doesn’t owe us anything in exchange for what we give. We don’t “deserve” the good life just because we think we have worked hard for it. Whether we are rewarded or not, it will never be because we have done anything to deserve it. It will always be a mere blessing.
When you work hard, when you try to be a decent, worthy and good human being, never do it because you expect to be rewarded by the universe. Do it because you want to feel at peace with your own soul. Do it because you want to feel like you’re living your best life. Do it because you expect to find your reward during and not after your work and to find that reward within yourself.
Cheers to life!