As a caregiver you have lots of expectations populating your day and caring for your emotional well-being is critical.
One expectation that is at the top of the list, but sometimes not fulfilled is gratitude. People tend to be too busy to be grateful and way too busy to express their gratitude sincerely.
Your challenge for today is, don’t expect gratitude, because you may get it or you may not. As a woman, you tend to wear your emotions too close to the surface. Try to accept that a lot of your good efforts will go unnoticed and unacknowledged.
For example, if you are a parent you will agree with me that your kids will probably never fully appreciate you until they have children of their own.
Also, a common reality check is that most people only take notice when things go wrong and the rest is sadly taken for granted. I know you can relate!
Now, rather than repeatedly setting yourself up for discouragement, just don’t expect a thank you. Try limiting your expectations of others and maximize the warm fussy feelings of self-gratitude.
When you do for others with generosity, you’re doing it because it is the right thing to do. This pleases you and it is your greatest reward. Your labor of love is not the drama of the detached recipients.
Now, with all this said, when that glorious unexpected expression of gratitude does come your way, the sentiment is oh so much sweeter, savored and precious.