Saturday, August 14, 2010

Are You Expecting A Thank You?

The merchant, Umeza, decided to donate some money to the master, Seistsu, so that he could build a bigger and better school.  Umeza gave a bag full of gold coins and placed it before Seistsu, who was meditating.  "This is for you to build a new school," he said.

Seistsu opened his eyes, nodded, and went back to his meditations.  Umeza was a bit perturbed and he remarked, "There is enough money there to pay a year's wages for 50 men."

Seistu opened his eyes and said, "So do you want me to thank you?"  Umeza said, "Well, isn't it the least I should expect?"

Seistu said, "Why should I?  The giver should be thankful."  And he resumed his meditation.

The moral of this story is that if you do something out of the kindness of your own heart, then you should expect nothing in return.  You should not expect any words or actions of gratitude or anything else after you have done your kind deed.  

I was always taught that if you don't do or give out of the kindness of your own heart, then you shouldn't do it at all.  Think twice before you do or give something.  Ask yourself, "Am I expecting a thank you?".  Do you know anyone who expects something for everything they do or give?  PLEASE COMMENT
 

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