OK, I try not to expect anything when I give. It's all about the joy of giving and making others happy, right? But I'm only human, and sometimes I just feel like I give and give and give and get nothing in return, and then the only other kind of "giving" I'd like to do is "giving up." And I feel like I'm not supposed to talk about this because, hey, it's my problem right? Stop whining, right?
But it's frustrating. I guess I'm enlightened enough yet. Maybe I need another spiritual journey. Most of the time I do enjoy giving without expecting anything in return. Once in a while, though, it's great to hear a "thanks" and that's gratifying enough. But lately, it seems like people will just take and never give back.
I won't go in the details here. Just so you know, it's okay to say, "thank you, I appreciate that" or "well done" or "I hear you -- you're not alone." Even a criticism would be an acknowledgement that I actually exist in your world. I'm just human. I need a little pick-me-up once in a while, too. It's okay to reach out and say, "yes, I think about you."